Harbor Seal Resting and Birthing Areas:
Western North Atlantic

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Although harbor seals have been found as far south as Florida along the western shores of the North Atlantic, the range of the subspecies Phoca vitulina concolor is generally considered to be from the mid-Atlantic states of the US to Greenland. The eastern coast of North America tends to be a gentle one as compared to the numerous cliffs and canyons of the west, with many sheltered bays and level haulouts suitable for seals.

Competition pressures from fishery harvesting have perhaps been strongest along the coasts of Canada's Maritime provinces, in addition to native subsistence hunting further north. The primary areas for conservation and rescue/rehabilitation efforts are in the more industrial US states.

Photos are presented here from states and provinces - where available - in order from south to north, with images being sought from Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and the Maritimes.

SealWatch.org is dedicated to the general well-being of harbor seals and to vigorous enforcement of applicable law for their protection. Alerts will be posted here of documented instances of continued disturbance or threats to harbor seal safety and habitat. Cheers will be posted when new efforts have been made to extend protection.

Updated 1.25.21