Information About Harbor Seals in Long Beach
Southern California Harbor Seal Description
The Harbor Seal (also known as the Common Seal) is scientifically referred to as Pinnipeds, or fin- footed animal. They are relatives to walruses, eared seals, and true seals. Typically, Harbor seals have gray or brown-colored coats as well as V-shaped nostrils. These seals will mature into an adult size of 6 ft long and about 300 pounds. Females generally live about 10 years longer than males, who tend to live until the age of 35. Harbor seals reside in several regions around the world including: the northern Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, the North Seas, and the Baltic region. There are also a number of Harbor Seals who routinely rest on the rocky shores in Long Beach, California.
Southern California Harbor Seal Population
With a worldwide population of 400,000 to 500,000, Harbor seals are not considered to be endangered. However, there is a threat of endangerment for sub-species of the Harbor seals that live in Greenland, Hokkaido, Japan, and the Baltic Sea. Much of the threat to the Harbor Seal can be blamed on human interference. One such interference, in part, is seal hunting. Although internationally outlawed, seal hunting is still practiced in some regions of the world. Other common reasons for injury or death among Harbor seals include getting caught in commercial fishing nets or being killed by fishermen who see the seals as a threat to their fisheries.
Southern California Harbor Seal Feeding Habits
Harbor seals are known to be very loyal to their home environments and can happily dwell in the same spot for several years. Yet, they will also travel a distance to find a hunting ground---as much as 50 kilometers from their homes. Harbor Seals typically travel upstream to fresh water to find food. The diet of Harbor seals generally include: all kinds of fish like sea bass, mackerel, cod, menhaden, and herring; as well as an assortment of crustaceans like shrimp, crab and squid. Interestingly, a Harbor seal will dive for as long as 3 minutes and as far as 1,500 feet to hunt for food.
Long Beach Harbor Seal Watching conducts sea lion, 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
Seniors (62 and over) $25
Children (11 and under) $18
Children (2 and under) FREE!
Ticket Prices for groups of 25 or more.
Seniors (62 and over) $18
Children (11 and under) $12
Children (2 and under) FREE!
You can order your tickets online by clicking the button,Los Angeles Harbor Seal Toursor calling 562-432-4900. If you have a discount coupon, please present it at the ticket booth.
We look forward to seeing you and continuing to make Long Beach Harbor Seal Watching your choice for seal and 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. Seal watching is a wonderful experience regardless of age. We can’t wait to provide the best seal watching in southern California experience possible.