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#5415 Common Seal - Antwerp Zoo (Belgium)

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Common Seal at Antwerp Zoo, also known as Zoo Antwerpen or Zoo d'Anvers (Belgium)

The Harbor (or Harbour) Seal, also known as the Common Seal, is a true seal found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. The most widely distributed species of pinniped (walruses, eared seals, and true seals), they are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Baltic and North Seas. Individual Harbor Seals possess a unique pattern of spots, either dark on a light background or light on a dark. They vary in colour from brownish black to tan or grey; underparts are generally lighter. The body and flippers are short, heads are rounded. Nostrils appear distinctively V-shaped. As with other true seals, there is no pinna (ear flap). An ear canal may be visible behind the eye. Females are generally smaller than males.

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