Description

Harbor Seal Skull Replica measures 7.9 inches. Harbor Seal Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Harbor Seal, Harbour seal or Phoca vitulina is also known as the Common seal, is a true seal found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere.

Harbor seals or Phoca vitulina are brown, silvery white, tan, or gray, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils. An adult can attain a length of 6.1 ft. and a mass of up to 370 lb. Blubber under the seal’s skin helps to maintain body temperature.

Harbor seals or Phoca vitulina stick to familiar resting spots or haulout sites, generally rocky areas where they are protected from adverse weather conditions and predation, near a foraging area.

Males may fight over mates under water and on land. Females bear a single pup after a nine-month gestation, which they care for alone. Pups can weigh up to 35 lb. and are able to swim and dive within hours of birth. They develop quickly on their mothers’ fat-rich milk, and are weaned after four to six weeks.

Harbor seals or Phoca vitulina prefer to frequent familiar resting sites. They may spend several days at sea and travel up to 50 km in search of feeding grounds, and will also swim more than a hundred miles upstream into fresh water in large rivers in search of migratory fish like shad and salmon.

Harbor seals or Phoca vitulina frequently congregate in harbors, bays, and estuaries in pursuit of prey fish such as salmon, menhaden, anchovy, sea bass, herring, mackerel, cod, whiting and flatfish, and occasionally shrimp, crabs, mollusks, and squid.

Individual Harbor seals or Phoca vitulina possess a unique pattern of spots, either dark on a light background or light on a dark. They vary in color from brownish black to tan or grey; underparts are generally lighter.

The body and flippers are short, heads are rounded. Nostrils appear distinctively V-shaped. As with other true seals, there is no ear flap.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 7.9 in
Harbor Seal Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Family: Phocidae
Genus: Phoca
Species: P. vitulina
Binomial name: Phoca vitulina
Conservation status: Least concern