What Is This?
Do you know what animal is featured in this close-up?
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It's a harbor seal!
Harbor seals live in temperate coastal habitats along the northern coasts of North America, Europe, and Asia. They can sleep underwater and come up for air just once every 30 minutes.
About 400 harbor seals make their home in Alaska's Lake Iliamna, feeding on abundant salmon and other prey. This is one of only five populations of freshwater seals in the world!
Iliamna's seals are under threat from Pebble Mine, a proposed enormous open-pit gold and copper mine. The mine would destroy over 90 miles of streams and leave a scar on Alaska's pristine, productive environment that would be visible from space.