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 Infected mammals have been found in 31 states, with the greatest number of infections found in foxes, mice, striped skunks, mountain lions, cats and harbor seals. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 16 June 2024 The center is at maximum capacity right now, with 47 elephant seals, 37 California sea lions and eight harbor seals. Laura Randall, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 Since 2022, the USDA has found H5N1 in over 200 mammals, from big cats in zoos to harbor seals, mountain lions, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, polar bears, black bears, foxes, and bottlenose dolphins. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2024 The commission staff report also noted a launch on April 2, 2023, after which dead harbor seal pups were found. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for harbor seal 

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Word History

First Known Use

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 14 Jul. 2024.

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