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Published on 04.28.2016
The spotted seals, which are also known as the “Larga seal”, is considered to be a “true seal”. They inhabit in ice floes and waters of the north Pacific Ocean, and can be found along western Sea of Japan.
When the floating ice re-appears in the sea during the winter to spring season, you can find the spotted seals laying on the ice, as if they are taking an afternoon nap.
One won't be able to see them lazing around the ice during the winter season, but if you’re in Japan, you can find them in either the aquariums or zoo. But even so, if you really want to visit them, they can be found in certain spotting areas, but the temperature can be rather cold, so please do keep yourselves warm.
The spotted seals are carnivorous as they eat small sized octopus, squids and fishes.
The spotted seals ranges to be around 170cm in length, and 70 to 130kg in weight.
Here is a list of aquariums and zoos in Japan where you can find the spotted seals.
1. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
2. Otaru Aquarium
3. Aqua World Oarai
4. Awashima Marine Park
5. Shimoda Aquarium
6. New Enoshima Aquarium and many more!!
As mentioned earlier, if you are interested to see the wild spotted seals, you can find them at the following spotting areas.
By train: From Wakkani Station to Bakkaimura Station via JR Soya Line, and walk for 40 minutes.
Do note that there are only 5 normal trains to and fro as the weather is really bad during the winter season.