harbor seal


Definition of harbor seal

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

Examples of harbor seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, the city decided to close the nearby Children’s Pool beach during the annual harbor seal pupping season from mid-December to mid-May by way of a chain barrier across the middle-level stairs. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 Nick, a harbor seal, entered the annals of astronomical history when Guido Dehnhardt, a marine biologist now at the University of Rostock, was studying how marine mammals orient themselves. New York Times, 29 July 2021 Some are leveled off by wind; one is shaped like a harbor seal. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 23 Mar. 2021 Located off iconic Highway 1, the house sits above acres of scenic coastal trails where hikers can see harbor seal pups lining the beaches in spring. Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2020 Her son grabbed the line and pulled the fish into the net just as a harbor seal latched onto its tail. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2020 Rent a kayak or BYO, then keep an eye out for puffins and harbor seals en route to this rugged speck just off the coast where amenities are scarce but views are plentiful. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, 24 Feb. 2017 The aquarium’s Monterey Bay Cam also offers viewers a peek at the birds and sea mammals — like harbor seals and sea otters — that find refuge in the bay. Mariel Padilla, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 Catch up with the Seattle Aquarium’s sea otters and harbor seals (Barney, Q and Hogan, much obliged) on the institution’s two live webcams. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of harbor seal

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of harbor seal was in 1766

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“Harbor seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harbor%20seal. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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