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Phoca vitulina Linnaeus, 1758
Harbor seal nipping at my dive fins in the giant kelp forest.
For some reason, they seem particularly fond of, or curious about, blue fins. I've had my fins tugged on by harbor seals on several occasions.
Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park, CA.
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From Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary