NEW! - Seals from China and Japan

Harbor Seal Resting and Birthing Areas:
North Pacific

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Harbor seals have historically been reported from China to Baja California around the northern coasts of the Pacific Ocean. They have been classified into two subspecies, Phoca vitulina stejnegeri in the western Pacific on the coasts of China, the islands of Japan, Korea, and Russia, and Phoca vitulina richardii on the eastern Pacific side from Alaska to Baja California.

These photos have been provided by "seal watchers" from many locations. They often required the use of a telephoto lens or an approach from a hidden access point to avoid interference. Images have credit listed if not a photo.

The images are here presented in clockwise order, beginning with China, Japan, and Russia, through the Aleutians, Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and finally Baja California in Mexico. Images from Korea are still being sought.