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)
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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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