Pacific harbour seal fur (Phoca vitulina richardsi) flashed in front of my eyes on a night dive and gave me a real fright! I flinched as this harbour seal bolted across my face out of the darkness at the Ogden Point Breakwater in Victoria. The seal was using my dive light to hunt for fish! I really didn’t want to provide the seal with an easy meal, so for the rest of the dive I avoided shining my dive light directly onto sleeping fish.
The colouration of the Pacific harbour seal is brownish black with mottled patterns of grey and white. Adults can reach a length of just over 6 feet (1.9m), and weigh over 260 pounds (120 kg). The Pacific harbour seal has a range from Alaska to Baja California, Mexico.