Latest Bearded Seal Stories
Members of two Arctic Seal species will be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to vanishing ice and snow in their habitats, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Friday.
Scientists reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that the ringed seal is being threatened by shrinking sea ice in the Arctic.
The Center for Biological Diversity claim the National Marine Fisheries Service has illegally delayed listings for the ringed seal and the bearded seal.
Researchers from Russia and the US want to estimate the number of seals in the Bering Sea region to learn what types of seals are in the region and how they are affected as sea ice, which some species depend on, shrinks due to climate change in the region.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed on Friday to list six types of seals as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act because they face hardships due to disappearing sea ice and melting snow packs.
Changes in the marine ecosystem are effecting reproduction in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) causing them to give birth to their pups much earlier than usual.
NOAA has just three weeks to decide whether spotted seals, which rely upon sea ice off the coast of Alaska, should be classified as a threatened or endangered species.
The loss of sea ice due to climate change could spell disaster for polar bears and other Arctic marine mammals.
The Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), or Square Flipper Seal, is a seal found in or near to the Arctic Ocean. Its most characteristic feature is the whiskers on its face. When dry, the whiskers curl up giving the bearded seal a raffish look. Other distinguishable features are the square fore-flippers and thick bristles pn their muzzles. Adults are grayish-brown in color, darker on the back, rarely with a few faint spots on the back or dark spots on the flanks. Occasionally the face and...
- Large; stout; burly.