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Harbor Seal on a “haul-out” site

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Harbor Seal lying on small island off coast of Machias Seal Island, Maine (sandra calderbank)

Harbor Seals tend to rest in familiar areas, also know as “Haul-Out” sites. I photographed this gorgeous Harbor Seal off the coast of Machias Seal Island, Maine in the North Atlantic Ocean. They swim in when the tide is high and are left to bask and rest when the tide goes out. They do their fishing on the high tide. The cold water of the Gulf of Maine leads to frequent fog in the summer but the cold water, holding more dissolved oxygen, leads to abundant fish for the seals. This image was captured from a boat and was very difficult because it was foggy with dim light combined with the movement of the boat!