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 SealWatch.org photo.

The images are here presented in clockwise order around the Pacific Basin, 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.

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