Ice Seal Research
Movements and Habitat Use Studies
During June 2021, we received locations for 1 bearded and 1 spotted seal, both of which were located in similar areas to those they used in 2020. During this period, BS19-01-M (red square), an adult bearded seal, hauled out on sea ice in the western Beaufort Sea. During June of 2020, this bearded seal also hauled out on sea ice in the western Beaufort Sea. Spotted seal SS19-06-M (green circle) moved from Norton Sound in the Bering Sea into the southern Chukchi Sea and was last located on the north coast of Seward Peninsula. During June of 2020, this spotted seal was also located along the north coast of Seward Peninsula before moving north.
These seals were tagged during the summer and fall of 2019. As expected, the primary tags we epoxied to their backs have since fallen off during the annual molt this spring. The locations we are currently receiving are from the SPOT tags we attached to their flippers. Because SPOT tags are attached to their flippers we only receive locations when the seal has hauled out of the water, either on sea ice or land. Sea ice data are courtesy of the U.S. National Ice Center, dated 30 June 2021 (https://usicecenter.gov/Products/ArcticData).