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Ringed Seal (Phoca hispida)
Ringed Seal on chunk of glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska
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RINGED SEAL FACTSDescription
The Ringed Seal is the smallest North American Seal and the most common arctic seal. It is pale grey with dark spots above and a silvery gray underside. The spots on the back are surrounded with pale rings. Ringed seals have small head and short narrow snout.
length 1.4m - 1.5m. Females are slightly smaller than males.
Areas that freeze to solid ice in winter. They make lairs in the snow for protection from predators.
fish, shrimps, krill
One pup is born after a gestation period of about 8 months. Ringed Seals give birth on solid ice.
The Ringed Seal is found in the northern parts of the Baltic Sea, Canada, Alaska, and Siberia
Relatives in same Genus
Ribbon Seal (P. fasciata)
Harp Seal (P. groenlandica)
Spotted Seal (P. largha)
Harbor Seal (P. vitulina)