harbor seal

noun

Definition of harbor seal

: a small hair seal (Phoca vitulina) of oceanic coasts in the northern hemisphere that often ascends rivers

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Sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions will often pop up in your vicinity. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "The best way to see Monterey? From the water," 6 Sep. 2019 Three hundred feet to the west is West Brother, a low rocky isle whitewashed with bird poop where the harbor seals like to hang. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "Remember that viral lighthouse job? They got it," 12 Sep. 2019 The shoreline is more suited to long walks, exploring tide pools, and scouting for the harbor seals, porpoises, sea otters, and other local denizens. National Geographic, "A guide to Olympic National Park," 18 Apr. 2019 The final death toll included 250,000 seabirds, almost 3,000 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 250 bald eagles, 22 killer whales, and billions of salmon eggs. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Exxon Valdez changed the oil industry forever—but new threats emerge," 22 Mar. 2019 Unlike parrots, elephants and Hoover the harbor seal, the great apes are not adept at mimicking sounds or even the basics of human speech. Quanta Magazine, "The Beasts That Keep the Beat," 22 Mar. 2016 Several studies show the gray seals can sometimes attack and eat harbor porpoises and harbor seals. Bethany Augliere, National Geographic, "Cannibalism is more common than thought in gray seals," 24 Apr. 2019 The animals were spinning below us, heads breaking the surface for a second or two: a couple of harbor seals; Rosa and Catalina, young female California sea lions; and Max, an adult male. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The male harbor seal was lying on the beach shore and was clearly emaciated. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "Harbor seal found off Seabrook, N.H.," 3 July 2018

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1766, in the meaning defined above

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