Harbour Seal

The Harbour Seal (Phoca vitulina) is a one of the two true seals (earless members of the family Phocidae) found in British Columbia, the other being the much less common Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris). Harbour seals are very common in coastal areas and have been increasing in numbers steadily for many years. They feed primarily on fish and spend much of their day lounging on rocks. They can be viewed even in the waters surrounding larger cities like Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. They will sometimes follow fish into fresh water and have been seen in rivers such as the Fraser, Skeena and Squamish.


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