Over the last ten days we have received transmissions from 3 ringed (solid lines) and 4 bearded (dashed lines) seals. Two ringed seals are still in Eschscholts Bay in Kotzebue Sound, the same bay they were tagged in during June 2014. The third ringed seal is still holding near Barrow Canyon. Two of the three bearded seals tagged on the Koyuk River are currently located in Norton Sound. The third bearded seal has moved south into the Bering Sea.
In addition to the movement tracks of these seals we mapped the 200 m isobath (black line) and the OCS Leases (orange blocks). Sea ice data are courtesy of the U.S. National Ice Center, dated 13 October (http://www.natice.noaa.gov/index.html). Seals were tagged in Kotzebue Sound on 18 and 19 June in collaboration with the Native Village of Kotzebue and on the Koyuk River on 26 and 30 September. Funding for tagging has been provided by BOEM.