Harbor Seals

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About Harbor Seals

A Harbor Seal is a widely distributed sea dwelling mammal, but still a worthy sight to see. The population ranges throughout the entire west coast of North America (from Mexico to Alaska), and along the east coast (from New England up through Canada).

Where to See Harbor Seals

In California, some of the best locations for viewing common seals up close are at Cannery Row in Monterey, Moss Landing on Monterey Bay or at Bolinas Lagoon in Marin County.

But the best place is probably the Channel Islands off the coast of California, which is probably the only place in the world where you can see as many as 50,000 seals and sea lions all at once. But there are many more places listed below.


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California

In California, some of the best locations for viewing common seals up close are at Cannery Row in Monterey, Moss Landing on Monterey Bay or at Bolinas Lagoon in Marin County.


California, at Moss Landing, between San Francisco and Monterey California, better known as the place to see Sea Otters, but if you take the Marine Safari, you are likely to see Harbor Seals. I strongly recommend taking a Marine Safari, where they take you from Moss Landing to the nearby Elkhorn Slough -- an area chock full of marine creatures and birds. I can promise that you will not be disappointed. -- William S. Howard

To get to Moss Landing, drive north from Monterey on Highway 1 for 20-25 minutes, and Turn Left onto Moss Landing Road.


Isolated off the coast of California, the Channel Islands are a habitat quite unique from the mainland. The windswept islands are a remarkable sight: steep cliffs tower above rocky beaches and pounding surf. Lush grasses and wildflowers carpet the interior of the islands. Both above and below the water's surface, you'll see amazing and playful marine mammals, including sea lions, seals, and whales. Whatever you do, don't miss the hike to Bennet Beach, on San Miguel. This is probably the only place in the world where you can see as many as 50,000 seals and sea lions all at once.


Massachusetts

Massachusetts (Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge in Nantuckett) - The Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve on Nantucket Island -Visited in 5/2011. Pristine atmosphere.. Worth the time, money and energy spent for this wonderful trip. We could sight lot seals in their wild habitat. Lots of birds and their nesting grounds. View from the top of the lighthouse is wonderful. == Idam


Maine

Harbor seals can be found in virtually every harbor along the coast, from Kittery to Eastport. These playful creatures, with their dog-like faces and large brown eyes, are best seen from the deck of a tour boat, particularly if you want to catch them sunning themselves on rock ledges. Seals will congregate around fish piers, too, taking advantage of handouts. But if you walk along any harbor front, look for them poking their dark heads out of the water to get a better view of YOU. See Maine's Watchable Wildlife Guide


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Links

Marine Safari at Moss Landing

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Reserve