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harp seal

n.
A seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus syn. Phoca groenlandica) of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans that is commercially hunted, primarily for its pelt.

[From the shape of the markings on its shoulders and sides.]

harp seal

n
(Animals) a brownish-grey earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus, of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans

harp′ seal`


n.
a N Atlantic earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus.
[1775–85; so called from the harp-shaped markings on their backs]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harp seal - common Arctic sealharp seal - common Arctic seal; the young are all white
earless seal, hair seal, true seal - any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers
Translations
tuleň grónský
Sattelrobbe
grönlanninhylje
phoque du Groenland
grönlandi fóka
vöðuselur
タテゴトアザラシ
grenlandinis ruonis
tadelrob
grønlandssel
foka grenlandzka
grönlandssäl
แมวน้ำลายพิณ
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Huntwatch filmmakers and the main characters will be available for interviews at the premiere including Brian Davies, who founded the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 1969 with a goal of ending the commercial hunt for harp seals in Canada.
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Canada's East Coast seal hunt is the largest in the world, killing an average of 300,000 harp seals annually.
In April Woodford and his crew killed about 1,200 harp seals over 10 days in an annual hunt that usually accounts for about a third of his yearly income.
The time has now come for the Canadian government to follow suit and end their cruel hunt for harp seals once and for all.
Frustratingly, an explosion of fish-gorging harp seals in eastern Canada has reduced further the cod population.
EVERY spring, thousands of baby harp seals are brutally killed in a 90-day bloodbath on the ice floes off Canada's east coast, encouraged by the Canadian government.
Harp seals do not walk on their flippers like other seals.
SEAL HUNTS: Each spring hunters lie in wait to shoot or club baby harp seals to death on Canada's east coast, mainly for their fur.