Harp seals spend relatively little time on land and prefer to swim in the cold North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.
These sleek swimmers cruise the chilly waters and feed on fish and shrimp. They can remain under water for up to 15 minutes.
Harp seals are usually white or cream color with black marking on their faces. These seals are sometimes called saddleback seals because of the dark, saddle like marking on the back and sides of their light yellow or gray bodies.
During matting season the males use there sharp teeth and body to fight for a female.
When the mating season ends, females gather in groups to give birth. Young harp seals are born on the ice and don’t have grey spots until they get older.
Many people want the fur from harp seals and because of that harp seals are soon to become endangered. Harp seal remains the most important seal, with hundreds of thousands killed each year.
These are beautiful creatures and I hope you enjoyed reading about them as much as I did writing about them.