Harp Seal Phoca groenlandica Erxleben, 1777  
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Mammalia   >   Order Carnivora   >   Family Phocidae   >   Genus Phoca   

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Harp Seals breed in the Arctic and northern Atlantic Ocean. With populations increasing, they are now more common in Maryland than they were 10 years ago. In recent years, a few individual sightings have been reported each winter (J. Dittmar, pers. comm.).

There are 7 records in the project database.

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A Harp Seal at Castaways Campground in Worcester Co., Maryland (2/15/2009). Photo by Mark Linardi. (MBP list)

A juvenile Harp Seal in Worcester Co., Maryland (2/8/2014). View a video clip. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A juvenile Harp Seal in Worcester Co., Maryland (2/8/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A juvenile Harp Seal in Worcester Co., Maryland (2/8/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Harp Seal in Ocean City, Maryland (2/6/2009). Photo by Larry Meade. (MBP list)

A young Harp Seal photographed in Ocean City, Maryland (2/19/2013). Photo by Dave Messick. (MBP list)


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