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Harbor Seal
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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.


(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary   •  Photo Posted July 18, 2007   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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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.


Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 23 March, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 09:23:44 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Harbor_Seal
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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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


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 25 March, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:16:13 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Harbor_Seal
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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This group shot of harbor seals illustrates their cuteness and wide variations in colors. external link


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 26 April, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:19:06 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Seal_Colors
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 9 May, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:19:14 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Seal_Whiskers
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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The Harbor Seal was very curious about us as we motored past, but not curious enough to actually move.


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 15 May, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:19:14 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #About_Us
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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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.


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 24 May, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:19:44 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Seal_Fur
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 24 May, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:19:54 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Harbor_Seal
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Sunday 30 May, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 10:18:50 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Big_Teeth
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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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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.


Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 31 May, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:52 Friday 12 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Up_Close
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