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Use of Haul-Out Sites by Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) in Bellingham: Implications for Future Development
Northwestern Naturalist (2010)
  • Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez, Western Washington University
  • Jessica Farrer
Abstract
Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) have been widely studies in the Pacific Northwest for over 60 years. In the inland waters of Washington State, Harbor Seals are the most abundant and extensively distributed pinniped, numbering approximately 15,000 individuals thought to be nearing carrying capacity. As a result of this high abundance, numerous types of interactions between Harbor Seals and humans have recently been documented, including increased disturbance from a growing number of humans recreating in the inland waters of Washington and conflicts with commercial and recreational fisheries.
Keywords
  • Abundance,
  • Bellingham Bay,
  • Development,
  • Disturbance,
  • Harbor seal,
  • Haul-out,
  • Log pond,
  • Phoca vitulina,
  • Seasonal variation
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring 2010
Publisher Statement
Published by Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40856460
Citation Information
Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez and Jessica Farrer. "Use of Haul-Out Sites by Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) in Bellingham: Implications for Future Development" Northwestern Naturalist Vol. 91 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alejandro_acevedo-gutierrez/20/