• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

Pacific Harbor Seal

A harbor seal on the beach

Harbor seals have a thick layer of blubber that allows them to endure the cold water of the Pacific Ocean.

Identification:
Walking along the beach, don't forget to look to the water for a playful Pacific harbor seal swimming and bobbing alongside. Pacific Harbor seals are one of the few year-round inhabitants of the coastal waters. Though it may be hard to tell from a distance, harbor seals are often grey with either dark or light spots or rings. They have distinctive "V-shaped" nostrils and whiskery snouts.

Habitat:
Harbor seals on the Olympic coast have been known to stay relatively close to the shore, feeding in the intertidal areas and hauling out on offshore rocks, or outcrops.

Diet:
Harbor seals are far from picky eaters, usually taking what is available. They feed on pollock, hake, herring, and other middle and bottom fish.

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