What is a Harbor Seal haul-out and what are you looking at?
Harbor seals use specific shoreline areas on a regular basis to haul-out of the water and rest. These resting areas are called seal haul-outs and include: beaches, rocky areas, log booms and floats. Some haul-outs are used regularly, while others may be used seasonally or occasionally. Time spent on the haul-out is essential for their survival as they rest, dry out, interact and regulate body their temperature. In addition to resting, Harbor seals give birth to and nurse their pups on the haul-out, and undergo an annual molt of their pelage or fur. This SealCam SealCam is focused on a haul-out in the Puget Sound and that is used by harbor seals throughout the year for many of the activities described above. A regular viewer may also see many other species of wildlife including perhaps some other fin-footed marine mammals known as Pinnipeds.