Love is in the air today... and in the sea and definitely on the land here and it seems to have spread quickly with this bunch. There are about 37 harbor seals in this photo and there were about 8-10 more outside the right of the frame in the bay of Sandy hook in Highlands, NJ What a huge bunch, or is it a herd, troop, parade, gang, flock, rafter, bloom, swarm, drove, battery, colony, brood, army, coalition ...?? Those are names for different types of creatures but it’s actually called a herd.
From March 23, 2016
🍫HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY🍫
Did you know that an adult male elephant seal can get up to over 4000 pounds? This one found in our gift shop weighs slightly less than that and will probably stay this size. :) Last year we had 80 Northern elephant seals in our care and expect new pups to start arriving in the next month. These big ‘babies’ eat a ton of 🐟🐟🐟 so all donations help including taking home a seal-y souvenir of your visit.
Flipper’s up if you love pool nap parties! Caught these chunky sea lion pups practicing their rafting techniques to catch some zzz’s in the water. Of course, there’s always a party crasher that still wants to play.
‘Quick, she’s coming to take pictures again. Pretend you’re asleep!’ Caught this lil snoozer settling in for a nap. Sea lions are endlessly fascinating for how they’ve adapted to life both at sea and on land. Their vibrissae (whiskers) are full of nerves that tell them important info about their surroundings. And fur that is hydrodynamic starts to fluff up minutes after exiting the water. You can see on this pup that the fur is starting to dry out around the head and neck but still sleek on the body. We could watch them forever. You’re welcome to join us any day from 10 - 4!
Harbour seals were once heavily desired for their pelts, but since the hunts ended in 1970 the B.C. population has rebounded to over 130,000 individuals. A harbour seal's diet includes rockfishes, smelt, perch, herring, and hake. They come in a variety of shades/patterns, ranging from grey to brownish-black in colour and often having dark spots accenting their fur. The most distinctive feature of the harbour seal is their V-shaped nostrils, which aren't found on any other pinniped in the world. These guys seem pretty tiny from a distance, but they can weigh close to 300 pounds! They're the perfect sausage-sized snack for transient killer whales.
You're invited! Join us as we celebrate all seven harbor seals' birthdays at tomorrow's 11:45 a.m. feeding.
Birthday Trivia: Can you tell us who our oldest harbor seal is? #seals#harborseals#hbd#maritimeaquarium