harbor seal

noun

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 Her son grabbed the line and pulled the fish into the net just as a harbor seal latched onto its tail. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Iconic fall chinook fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River was short, but sweet," 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, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 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, "Children Stuck at Home Can Still Explore the Zoo or Aquarium. Some Penguins Could, Too.," 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, "Escape Into Underwater Bliss with These Aquarium Webcams," 16 Mar. 2020 District of Columbia Washington: A male harbor seal considered geriatric for his species has died at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020 New Hampshire’s biggest craft brewer, along with its super-cute harbor seal mascot, isn’t going anywhere. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "New Smuttynose owner brews up a turnaround," 1 July 2019 On the rocky beach, lapped by the cold Pacific, curious harbor seals approach us. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020 Now left to share his exhibit, the zoo said, is another harbor seal and a four-member family of gray seals. Washington Post, "Aged harbor seal dies at National Zoo," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of harbor seal

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Harbor seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harbor%20seal. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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