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Animals - Polar Shores

Harbor Seal
Phoca vitulina
Range: Found on the coasts of Alaska, southern Greenland, down to the Carolinas on the Atlantic coast, and down to California on the Pacific coast.
Habitat: Coastal waters, mouths of rivers and some inland lakes by the coast.
Diet: Mostly fish; herring, cod mackerel, flounder, salmon.
Fun Facts:
  • Harbor seals spend much of their time basking on beaches and rocky shores in groups up to 500 individuals!
  • They are remarkable swimmers and can dive down to depths of 300 feet and remain submerged up to 28 minutes!
  • Seals propal themselves with their hind flippers while steering with their shorter front ones!
  • The natural predators are polar bears, killer whales, and sharks!

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