Southern California Harbor Seals


Harbor Seals near La Jolla Cove

Harbor Seals are mammals. They breathe at the surface and hold their breath while diving. Harbor Seals lounge on beaches and rocky coasts when they are not swimming, playing, or hunting. Harbor Seals are part of the inter-tidal region, using large rocks that have been smoothed by waves' erosion to recline and sleep. We saw these Harbor Seals near La Jolla Cove.

Harbor Seal near La Jolla Cove

Wild Harbor Seals can live as long as 30 years. Their range extends from Baja Mexico to the Bering Sea near Alaska. California's Channel Islands are an important location in their habitat, where many Harbor Seals live. Harbor Seals live together in groups of as many as 100 animals. They spend much time sleeping and playing. Harbor Seals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. It is unlawful to feed, touch, or harass these animals.

Visit ReefNews Photo Gallery 4: Harbor Seals for more info about these animals!

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