Harp seals are a midsized phocid (true seal or earless seal) that is silver in colour, with a black face and a characteristic black pattern on the back that resembles a harp. Harp seals occur only in the North Atlantic region. They are a migratory species that is much more wide-ranging and more pelagic than most of the other arctic seals. Commercial harvests of this species have taken place for centuries. Norway, Canada and Russia currently hunt this species commercially.