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A rare adult harp seal on the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina A rare adult harp seal rests on the beach along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Harp seals like this are an unusual sight this far south. A pack ice species of the far north, harp seals usually do not travel south of the Gulf of Maine in the winter. When they do, however, it tends to only be the pups or juveniles that migrate so far south as they follow their summer time food sources. However, in the winter of 2011/2012, adult harp seals showed up all over the beaches of the Outer Banks along with adult harbor seals and adult gray seals.