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Harbor Seal

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Cute Harbor Seal

This harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) was quite animated. Most of the harbor seals lie on the sand throughout the day, resting between foraging sessions in the ocean, while younger/smaller seals seem to exhibit most of the activity. It is nearly February and just about time for newborn harbor seal pups…
January 27, 2011
Harbor SealWildlife

Not What It Looks Like

At first glance this looks like a typical mother and pup harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) pair. Its pupping season right now and this scene is repeated on the Children's Pool beach all day long. However, this pup struggling, and appeared to me to perhaps have been abandoned. At least…
February 29, 2008
CaliforniaHarbor SealWildlife

Pregnant or Just Plain Fat?

This looks to me like a very pregnant harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi). Its pupping season right now and I'm guessing that she (if she is indeed a she) is about to pop the pup. If in fact it's really a he, then he's a porker. Pacific harbor seal.Image ID:…
February 27, 2008
CaliforniaHarbor SealWildlife

Over the Shoulder Glance

One more of the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) from the past couple days, this time turning to catch a look at some kids. Pacific harbor seal stretches on a sandy beach.Image ID: 20445Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsiLocation: La Jolla, California, USA
February 26, 2008
CaliforniaHarbor SealWildlife

Stretch

Same harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) as yesterday, here caught in the middle of a post-nap stretch. Pacific harbor seal yawns and stretches on a sandy beach.Image ID: 20455Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsiLocation: La Jolla, California, USA
February 25, 2008
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Yawn

This harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) doesn't look too motivated this morning. Pacific harbor seal yawns and stretches on a sandy beach.Image ID: 20447Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsiLocation: La Jolla, California, USA
February 24, 2008
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Newborn

This tiny harbor seal pup (Phoca vitulina richardsi) is pretty young, it still has its umbilical cord hanging on its belly. Pacific harbor seal, newborn pup with umbilical cordImage ID: 20448Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsiLocation: La Jolla, California, USA
February 23, 2008
CaliforniaHarbor SealWildlife

Photo of Seals on the Sand

On a recent morning I dropped by the pelican bluff and found it pretty crowded so instead I shot harbor seals just around the bend. It was a fine morning and I had the beach to myself at the Children's Pool. Here are a few portraits of the harbor seals…
January 24, 2008
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Humane Society Sues to Protect Seals

From the San Diego Union Tribune: U.S. Humane Society sues S.D., demands rope barrier for seals By Ray Huard UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER February 26, 2005 The Humane Society of the United States filed suit yesterday against the city of San Diego, demanding that officials restore a rope barrier at La…
February 26, 2005
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Photos of La Jolla Seals

Controversy over the La Jolla seals continues. To make a long story short: a group of Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) has taken up residence on the sand at the Children's Pool, a small pocket cove in La Jolla, California also known as Casa Cove. Their presence there has led…
February 1, 2005