Tight Seal

Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina richardii)

Seeing a harbor seal in the North Basin (the cove between the park and the Berkeley mainland) is always a bit of a thrill. All the more so when the big mammal — they can easily top five feet and 300 lbs — shows its head tight to the shore, as did this one. It slid gently underwater after a few seconds, and defied my patient wait for it to resurface. They can stay underwater for 40 minutes if they wish. They eat all kinds of fish as well as shrimp, crabs, shellfish, and squid. They’ve also been recorded to hunt and eat several kinds of ducks; but I’ve not seen that here. Yet.

More: Wikipedia Marina Mammal Center Monterey Bay Aquarium In Chavez Park

Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina richardii)

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