harp seal

noun

Definition of harp seal 

: a dark-faced seal (Phoca groenlandicus) of the North Atlantic that is a variable light gray with the male usually having a dark crescent on its back and sides

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After a month of rehabilitation and rest, New Hampshire juvenile harp seal Merrimack — Mack for short — will be released back into the wild Sunday evening, officials said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "N.H. harp seal heading back to the wild after a month of rehab," 16 Mar. 2018 But finding a harp seal, which generally live in the Arctic, was unusual. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "How a Seal Pup Died With a Plastic Wrapper in Its Stomach," 31 May 2018 On Friday, a harp seal pup washed ashore with a small plastic film in its gut, a rare case because seals generally don’t mistake plastic for food. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "How This Whale Got Nearly 20 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach," 4 June 2018 According to Provazza, harp seals are solitary animals, though they are often seen in groups. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 1,000 people watch young seal found on Hampton Beach return to the wild," 19 Mar. 2018 Nearly 1,000 onlookers braved the cold Sunday evening to gather on Hampton Beach and watch as a young harp seal named Merrimack — Mack for short — was returned to the ocean after a month of treatment. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 1,000 people watch young seal found on Hampton Beach return to the wild," 19 Mar. 2018 Along with gray and harbor seals, the mix includes occasional harp seals and hooded seals. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "This adorable seal pup was spotted on NC beach. Now warnings are being issued.," 22 Jan. 2018 Canada’s is the world's largest marine mammal hunt, with some 350,000 harp seals taken each year. National Geographic, "Cape Fur Seal Trade Remains Shrouded in Secrecy," 21 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of harp seal

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harp seal

from the shape of its markings

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