Bedlamer - Approximately 13 months-4 years

Around 13-14 months, the beater pelt is moulted and replaced by a similar spotted pelt, and the animals are renamed bedlamers. The name comes from the French "bÍte de la mer," which means "beast of the sea."

Spotted Harp - Approximately 4+ years

Adult-sized animals that have a combination of the spotted bedlamer pelt and the "harp" adult pelt are called spotted harps. The transition from bedlamer to adult pelt begins with the onset of sexual maturity. Most male harp seals develop the black, wish-bone marking abruptly; females may take many years.  Some females, such as the one shown here, never lose all of their spots or develop a full "harp."

Old Harp - Approximately 5+ years

The coat of a mature harp seal is very distinctive with the characteristic black "harp" marking on the back. The face is also black, while the remainder of the coat is silvery grey with virtually no spots. Animals with this coat can be anywhere from 5 to 30 years of age, and are approximately 1.7 m (5.5 ft) long, and weigh 130 kg (290 lbs) or more. Females can give birth to their first pups shortly after their fifth birthday, but males do not usually breed until they are 6 or 7 years old.