Lots of very pregnant harbor seals on hopkins beach. After last years horrific year, seeing healthier looking moms is wonderful. Last year out of approximately 80 pups born, only 30 survived to weaning. And now best figures are that only about 9 are still alive. Harbor seals do not migrate and stay in a colony in the area year round. There are a couple that watch them closely and do counts ever so often. The harbor seals of pacific grove is her Facebook page and is public. So even if you do not do Facebook, you can still enjoy the harbor seals at hopkins.
This one has a huge scar on her chest. I do not know that i have seen her before. Many of them do have old scars on them but this one would be pretty recognizable.
These seals should not start pupping until around mid to late march. But it is hard to believe that they could go another month before giving birth.
This Mom is called M&M (monceled mom) because of her eye injury. According to the lady that watches them, this is one of the Mom's that first give birth and has had sucessful births and weaning until last year when she aborted a pup. She looks much healthier this year. Stay tuned for updates.