KUNAMOKST - West Coast Mural Mosaic

Maria Buehl


Curious Seal

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Artist Comments: Harbor seals spend half their time on land and half in water. They are found north of the equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Harbor seals are great divers and can dive to 457meters for up to 40 minutes. Seals have a round head with large sensitive eyes, V shaped nose, lack an external ear, large sensitive whiskers, and hind flipper for motion. They weigh on average between 55 to 170 kg and are 1.4 to 1.9 meters long. Their coarse fur ranges in white to dark grey or a variety of shades of silver-gray to blue-black or dark brown with mottled or marble appearance. They are opportunistic feeders, eating sole, flounder, cod, herring, octopus, and squid. Harbor seals are curious mammals, and can be spotted watching humans walking on beaches or at docks. They are wary of people and if disturbed will rush away abandoning their favorite habitat spots and pups. “Curious Seal”, reminded me of a harbor seal that would often watch me as I walked along the beach towards Tow Hill, on the Queen Charlotte Island.