- Adult harp
seals grow to be approximately 5 to 6 feet long and 300 to 400
- All three populations are hunted commercially.
-When a harp seal pup eats, its teeth grow; they do not grow if the pup doesn’t eat.
- A mother harp seal can distinguish its baby from hundreds of others based on smell alone.
- In mating season a male harp seal will dance to get the best mate.
- Underwater there are at least 19 different calls that adults can use to express themselves during sex.
- Pups “bawl” and “mumble” for their mothers, adults “growl” and “warble” unlike their relatives like sea lions that “bark”.
- Male harp seals get the harp-like marking at age seven but females get them at 12.
- Molting occurs in April – May
- Seals that wander from the herd are called vagrants.
- Predators of the harp seal include polar bears, orca, sharks, and sometimes even walruses.
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