Check out the new Underwater Seal Cam by Eagle Wing Tours!
Visit with Sammy Seal and his friends underwater at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Here are some cool facts about what you may see on this underwater web camera.
The harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), or common seal, is a true ‘ear less’ seal found along temperate and Arctic coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. They are the most widely distributed of the pinniped family (walruses, eared seals, and true seals), they are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Victoria, BC’s Inner Harbour at Fisherman’s Wharf.
- Harbour seals are brown, tan, or gray, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.
- An adult can attain a length of 1.85 meters (6.1 ft) and a mass of 132 kilograms (290 lb).
- Females outlive males (30–35 years versus 20–25 years).
- Harbour seals hang out in familiar resting spots or haul-out sites, generally rocky areas where they are protected from adverse weather conditions and predation, near a foraging area.
- Females bear a single pup, which they care for alone.
- Pups are able to swim and dive within hours of birth, developing quickly on their mothers’ fat-rich milk.
- Blubber under their skins helps to maintain body temperature.
- Harbour seals are food for Transient Killer Whales (Orca or Bigg’s Killer Whales)
- We see these interesting ‘rock sausages’ on our whale watching & wild life tours regularly