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Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina)

Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) by Tom and Pat Leeson

LeConte Glacier, Alaska, USA
by Tom and Pat Leeson, Vancouver, Washington, USA

Harbor seals are found along the Pacific coast of North America, from the Pribilof Islands to Baja
California, Mexico. Harbor seals generate a greater amount of body heat than comparable
land mammals due to their higher metabolic rate. Their thick layer of blubber prevents heat
loss, and can be drawn upon for energy as well.

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