Harbor Seals

About Harbor Seals

Seal pups come into the world blanketed in a mottled dark and light coat. They can swim immediately after birth and soon can race through the seas.

More naturally suited to water than land, seals have shorter front flippers than sea lions.

A Closer Look

Make your own connection with the seals and sea lions in our care during special feeding times—a great way to experience their energy for yourself. Make sure to go on the Seafari Tour to learn more about these amazing animals.

Ask an Educator

Q: Where do harbor seals live?
SW: They’re found in temperate, Arctic, and subarctic coastlines, bays and estuaries throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Q: Are they endangered?
SW: Fortunately harbor seals still enjoy what is considered a healthy population.

Q: What do they eat?
SW: They feast on a variety of fishes, squids, octopuses, shrimps and crabs.

Q: How big do they get?
SW: Grown males reach lengths of just over 4.5 to 6.5 feet, while their female companions grow to just under 4 feet to around 5.5 feet in length.