Animal Size

Harp seal size: How big do they get?

How big does a Harp seal get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Harp seal (Phoca groenlandica) reaches an average size of 1.73 meter (5′ 9″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). During their lifetime of about 42 years, they grow from 10 kg (22.05 lbs) to 132 kg (291.01 lbs). A Harp seal has 1 babies at once. The Harp seal (genus: Phoca) is a member of the family Phocidae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

The average adult size of a Harp seal is  (5' 9

The harp seal also known a saddleback seal or Greenland Seal, (Pagophilus groenlandicus) is a species of earless seal, or true seal, native to the northernmost Atlantic Ocean and Arctic Ocean. Originally in the genus Phoca with a number of other species, it was reclassified into the monotypic genus Pagophilus in 1844. In Latin, its scientific name translates to “ice-lover from Greenland,” and its taxonomic synonym, Phoca groenlandica translates to “Greenlandic seal.”

Animals of the same family as a Harp seal

We found other animals of the Phocidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Harp seal

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Harp seal:

  • Alpaca with a size of 1.72 meter (5′ 8″)
  • Hirola with a size of 1.6 meter (5′ 3″)
  • Baiji with a size of 1.7 meter (5′ 8″)
  • Marsh deer with a size of 1.72 meter (5′ 8″)
  • Polar bear with a size of 2 meter (6′ 7″)
  • Kob with a size of 1.7 meter (5′ 7″)
  • Australian sea lion with a size of 1.8 meter (5′ 11″)
  • Western gorilla with a size of 1.6 meter (5′ 3″)
  • Guanaco with a size of 1.47 meter (4′ 11″)
  • Caspian seal with a size of 1.41 meter (4′ 8″)

Animals with the same litter size as a Harp seal

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (1) as a Harp seal:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Harp seal

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Harp seal:

Animals with the same weight as a Harp seal

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Phoca groenlandica: