Harp Seals

Precious One!

 

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Now I ask you, who wouldn't adore this cute and cuddly little ball of fur Harp Seal?  I simply love those small tuffs of fur that resemble eyebrows on this baby seal!

This is one of those creatures that just looks like they were made to love.  However, we better love them while they are young.  When Harp Seals are grown, they weight more than a baby elephant.

Of course, I love baby elephants too.  I just don't envision myself picking one up and giving it a hug.


The Harp Seal

 

The Harp Seal got its name because of the harp-shaped pattern on the dorsal side and flanks of the adult seals.  They spend very little time on land.  They prefer to be frolicking in the ocean.  Baby Seal (Nature Babies)Check Price

Because their coat color changes several times over the course of their lives, they have different names associated with them which describe their coat and reflects their age.

  • Whitecoats: Birth to 2 weeks
  • Ragged jackets: 2 to 4 weeks
  • Beaters: 4 weeks to 1 year
  • Bedlamers: 1 to 4 years
  • Spotted harp: 4 to 7 years
  • Dark harp: mature/adult



This little one looks so sweet and trusting

His innocent appeal just tugs at my heart

 

 

A Few Facts about the Harp Seal

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  • Adult Length: 5 - 6 feet
  • Adult Weight: 400 lbs
  • Lifespan: 30 - 35 years
  • Eats Fish & Invertebrates
  • Lives in the Arctic and the northern Atlantic Oceans
  • Can remain submerged for up to 15 minutes
  • Due to public outcry, European Economic Community banned the import of whitecoat products in 1983
  • Hunting Whitecoats in Canada has been banned since 1987, but it is hard to enforce
  • Hunters/Sealers are pushing to have photographers banned from recording the hunt in Canada
  • In Greenland, Harp Seal hunting is unregulated
  • In Russia, the seal hunt, including baby whitecoats, is government subsidized

    • Status: THREATENED 

     

    Protecting the Harp Seal


    Something I did not choose to cover in great detail is the hunting of Harp Seals.

    If you would like more information on those statistics and how to help protect the Harp Seals, visit Harp Seals.org



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    1 comment:

    1. I've always loved the Harp Seal. The baby, beginning with all white fur at birth as a protection against predators) is SO adorable. Wonderful article about the Harp Seal.

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