How to Draw a Harbor Seal

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Harbor Seal in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represents how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Harbor Seal.

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How to Draw a Harbor Seal - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the shape of the head as shown above, leaving a gap open for the body and having a space for the mouth.

Step 2: Use a curves line for the mouth, a tiny circle for the nose, and a dot for the eye on the right side, and an oval with a dot in it as well as lines around it for the eye on the left side.

Step 3: Draw the body using two curved lines continuing from the top and bottom of the head.

Step 4: Draw the front leg starting from inside the body of the seal, using two lines that curve to the left and are connected by a vertical line. On this line add some tiny triangles. After this, draw the rest of the bottom of the body.

Step 5: Draw the other front leg use two lines that meet at a rough edge that start on the right side of the body.

Step 6: Draw the hind leg continuing from the body, having the two lines meet at a curve with some lines coming from the end.

Step 7: Draw the other hind leg in front of part of the first hind leg (so you may need to erase some overlap). Other than that is will be mostly the same, and add lines at the end. Your Harbor Seal is now done!

Interesting Facts about Harbor Seals

Harbor seals are also known as common seals. They live in coastal waters in the northern regions of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Harbor seals also live in the Baltic and North seas. Harbor seals are pinnipeds. Pinnipeds are marine mammals that have front and rear flippers. The other two pinnipeds are sea lions and walruses.

Did you know?

  • On average, female harbor seals live longer than males. Female harbor seals live for 30 to 35 years, and males live for 20 to 25 years.
  • The average length of a female harbor seal is 4 to 5 feet; they weigh between 100 to 300 pounds. Male harbor seals are about 5 to 6 feet long and weigh 150 to 375 pounds.
  • Harbor seals can swim as deep as 300 feet and stay underwater for about half an hour.
  • Harbor seals are carnivores that dine on a variety of seafood.

Baby harbor seals are called pups. When they are born, they weigh about 25 pounds. They double their weight after about a month. Their mothers nurse them with their milk. After about one month of nursing, the mothers and pups separate. Although pups are born with the ability to swim right away, they must teach themselves how to hunt for their food.