A young Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) rests mid-March on the beach of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the Atlantic, harbor seals move south from eastern Canadian waters to breed along the coast of Maine, Cape Cod, and the South Shore in Massachusetts in May and June, and return northward in fall. Others will head south as far at the barrier islands of North Carolina, particularly young seals unable to compete with adults for food and territory. They do not return north until spring.
March 12th, 2022
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