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Harbor Seal
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(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary
Photo Posted July 18, 2007
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This photo of a Harbor Seal was taken very near the Lucy Evans Interpretive Center internal link at the bird sanctuary. I was very surprised to see it but the ranger verified that they have been known to occasionally appear.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 23 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:23:44 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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Harbor seals external link are close to the top of the cute list, right up there next to sea otters. internal link

We saw close to eighty harbor seals that day, most of them lying on shore watching us watching them.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Thursday 25 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:16:13 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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Bette Davis eyes? Bedroom eyes? Puppy dog eyes? They've got nothing on harbor seal eyes!

The little slit behind the eye is the ear which is an easy way to distinguish it from a sea lion with its little external ear. internal link


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 26 April, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:06 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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This group shot of harbor seals illustrates their cuteness and wide variations in colors. external link


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:14 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(6 of 10) (85826 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 15 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:14 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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The Harbor Seal was very curious about us as we motored past, but not curious enough to actually move.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 24 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:44 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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I love the pattern of this seal's fur, but I would never entertain the idea of taking it away from her to use for myself.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(8 of 10) (87252 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 24 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:54 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 30 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:18:50 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(10 of 10) (86281 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 31 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:13:52 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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I was able to get nice close-ups of the harbor seals because I used a telephoto lens. If the boat had come this close they would have been disturbed and swum away.


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