Harbour seal


Harbour seal
Scientific name:
Phoca vitulina
Coastal waters of the northern hemisphere in the Atlantic and Pacific, also in the western and northern Baltic Sea
Round head, pelage in different colors and with different patches
Weight and size:
Up to 120 kg and 175 cm in length
Approx. 35 years
Fish (herring, sardines, salmon, flatfish, cod), crustaceans, snails, squid, mussels
Grey seals, polar bears, largha seals, polar foxes, wolves
Threatened by:
Pollutants, hunting
IUCN red list status:
Least concern
Special features:
One of the most widely distributed species of pinniped
Recent research projects:
Germany, 2016, Kakuschke, researchers are investigating toxic pollutants in the blood of seals on Helgoland and in the Baltic Sea
Netherlands, 2013, Rebolledo, researchers examine stomachs of seals and could find plastic particles