Seal Terminology- Adult harp seals grow to be approximately 5 to 6 feet long and 300 to 400 pounds.

- 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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