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Harbor Seal in a Kelp Forest

Harbor seal in a kelp forest near Cortes Bank, near San Diego California.
Kyle McBurnie, California

California is known for it’s lovely beaches, good food, and sloping hills. But take a dive into the colder waters, and discover a new type of wonder: the California kelp forest. The kelp forests are home to many endangered species, such as the sea otter. The animal in this picture, however, is not a sea otter; it is, in fact a Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina). Harbor seals can be found from Baja, Mexico, to the Berring Sea, and feed on squid, crustaceans, fish, and mollusks, which they find in the kelp forests.