Information About Harbor Seals in Los Angeles

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Southern California Harbor Description

The Harbor Seal or the Common Seal, are found in the northern Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. They are also found in the North Seas and the Baltic region. There are a number of Harbor Seals who routinely rest on the rocky shores in Long Beach, California. The Harbor Seals are considered pinnipeds, or a fin-footed animal. Harbor Seals are in the same family as walruses, eared seals, and true seals. Generally, Harbor Seals are brown or gray in color and have nostrils in the shape of a V. The adult Harbor Seal can grow up to about 6 feet long and up to about 300 lbs. Female Harbor Seals will generally outlive the male Harbor Seal by about 10 years living to the age of 35.

Southern California Harbor Seal Population

Harbor Seal are not an endangered species with an estimated global population of about 400,000 to 500,000, however there are some subspecies who are threatened, particularly in the Greenland, Hokkaido, and Baltic Sea regions. For the most part, seal hunting has been made illegal, with some exceptions. However, there is still a problem with seals getting caught in fishing nets. Sometimes Harbor Seal are actually targeted by fishermen as they are seen as a threat to fisheries.

Southern California Harbor Seal Feeding Habits

A Harbor Seal will often live in the same area for years and has great loyalty for their home. The Harbor Seal can travel quite far in search of a hunting ground, up to 50 kilometers. Harbor Seals have also been known to travel upstream in fresh water to find food. For the most part, a Harbor Seals diet consists of fish like sea bass, menhaden, herring, mackerel, cod and sometimes shrimp, crab and squid. When hunting, a Harbor Seal can dive for up to 3 minutes and can dive about 1500 feet.

Los Angeles Whale Watching conducts whale and dolphin watching cruises seven days a week with tours at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  It is a good idea to arrive early as these cruises do fill up quickly.  Tours usually last from two to two and a half hours.  Ticket prices are as follows:

Individual Ticket Prices – Two Hour to 2 ½ Hour Cruise
Adults $35
Seniors (62 and over) $30
Children (11 and under) $25
Children (2 and under) FREE!

Ticket Prices for groups of 25 or more.
Adults $25
Seniors (62 and over) $20
Children (11 and under) $15
Children (2 and under) FREE!

You can order your tickets online by clicking the button, Click Here or calling 424-242-0049. If you have a discount coupon, please present it at the ticket booth.

We look forward to seeing you and continuing to make Los Angeles Whale Watching your choice for whale watching in southern California.  We offer convenient parking and are located near many area attractions such as The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Lighthouse and Queen Mary as well as excellent shopping and restaurant so you can make a day of it.  Whale watching is a wonderful experience regardless of age.  We can’t wait to provide the best whale watching in southern California experience possible.