From 28 December 2020 to 11 January 2021, we received locations for 3 ringed and 2 spotted seals. During this period, the three ringed seals made short movements in the southern Chukchi Sea. Spotted seal SS19-04-M (pink circle) made short movements in the northern Bering Sea. Spotted seal SS19-05-M (purple circle) moved through Anadyr Gulf to the 100-m isopleth and the ice edge in the Bering Sea.
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 11 January 2021 (https://usicecenter.gov/Products/ArcticData).