08 Jul Ringed Seals Stay Close to Home in the Arctic
Researchers set out to better understand the spatial ecology of the ringed seal. They deployed Wildlife Computers SPLASH tags on 39 seals. These data provided a glimpse into ringed seal movements and foraging behavior during mid-and late-summer…something that was previously under-studied. The Ringed seals stayed pretty close to the continental shelf in Chukchi and Bering seas with a few off-shelf forays during the summer. Scientists will use this information to inform mitigation and recovery strategies in the future.