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Harbor Seal - Phoca vitulina

Widely distributed along the coasts of North America. This species is brown, silvery white or grey with distinctive V-shaped nostril. Eats mostly fish along the cost and upstream in large rivers.

Common Names

  • Harbor Seal (en)
  • Foca común (es)
  • Phoque commun (fr)
  • Seehund (de)


  • Carnivora
  • Phocidae
  • Phoca vitulina

Where & When to Spot

The only time I was able to watch this species was in May in Tadoussac from a boat. They were resting on the rocky shore of Saguenay River.

How to Identify

The V-shape nostril is the clear distinctive feature of this species.


Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-23

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f8.0; Iso 320;

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