Rare seen breakfast

Category: Outdoor Scenes


Photo and caption by Patricia Howe

Harbor seals usually feed on different kinds of fish but are known for loving salmon; however, perhaps they also have another favorite most don't know about. This is the first ever known photo of a harbor seal eating a Lamprey according to 3 ODFW offices. Until I captured this, no one in the department knew that seals were now predators of Lamprey eels. Perhaps this is one of the reasons the Lamprey population has declined so much, or perhaps seals are only feeding on lampreys due to lack of salmon. This is an adult lamprey trying to make it's way back up river to spawn, much like salmon do.

Location: Bandon, Oregon USA


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