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Harp Seal discovered by Marcel Roy (#600)

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Sighting Info

Observed: July 14, 2011 @ 2:00 PM
Posted on: July 15, 2011 @ 10:23 PM (diff: 1 days)
Harp seals are light grey in colour, with large harp-shaped rings on their backs. The rings are less distinctive in females, whose back is mostly black, but they can range in colour from dark brown to black. The harp seal's face is black, but not its head. Its pups are born with a fluffy white coat, which gives the pups the nickname “whitecoats,” but it's shed after three week's time. Harp seals are found in waters of the Arctic and far north Atlantic Ocean. They are sociable animals that enjoy the company of other seals. A harp seal's main diet consists of small fish and crustaceans. The seals have been known to dive 180 to 280 metres and can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes. Their lifespan averages 30 years.

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