Harp seal

Named after the black, curved marking on their backs that resembles a harp!

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Harp seal has a pale grey coat when it’s dry and steel blue when wet. Their tail and head are black, whereas their front flippers and stomach are white. The harp-like markings are on the back and sides of their body, then disappear at the hind flipper.

Females only nurse their newborns for around 12 days. After that, the pups are on their own, but they are still unable to hunt for a few weeks. Therefore, they obtain energy from their fat reserves and could lose up to 50% of their body weight. During this period, the pups will shed their white coat and grow silver-grey coats.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Atlantic Ocean
2015
Arctic Ocean
2015
Canada
2015
Denmark
2015
Vagrant
Faroe Islands
2015
Vagrant
Finland
2015
Vagrant
France
2015
Vagrant
Germany
2015
Vagrant
Greenland
2015
Iceland
2015
Norway
2015
Russia
2015
Spain
2015
Vagrant
Svalbard
2015
United Kingdom
2015
Vagrant
United States
2015
Vagrant

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No