Mustelids: River & Sea Otters, Minks, Weasels

Harbour Seals

The harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), or common seal, is a true ‘ear less’ seal found along temperate and Arctic coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. They are the most widely distributed of the pinniped family (walruses, eared seals, and true seals), they are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Victoria, BC’s inner harbour at Fisherman’s Wharf.

River Otters

Otters are mammals of the weasel family. There are two distinct species of otters in BC: river otters (Lutra canadensis) and sea otters (Enhydra lutris).