Has a black face with a silver-grey body and black eyes. Pups are born with pure white coats.
The females will stay with their pups until they wean.
Northern Atlantic including Norway, Russia, Greenland, Canada and parts of the Arctic.
They are strongly migratory. The northwest populations migrate up to 4000 km (2500 mi) northeast.
Social system/Group size
Usually groups of 1 - 3. They gather in the breeding season with up to 2,000 individuals.
Commercially hunted in Canada, Norway, Russia, Greenland. The global climate change may lead to loss of ice packs upon which it gives birth and avoids predators.
www.harpseals.org work together with a number of reseachers to investigate and end the (illegal) hunting of harp seals in Canada.
A mother harp seal can distinguish her pup from others by its scent alone.