Ice Seal Tracking Maps Archive

01/11/2020 – 01/25/2021

Requested Tracking Map
From 11 to 25 January 2021, we received locations for 1 bearded, 2 ringed, and 3 spotted seals.During this period, BS19-01-M (red square), an adult bearded seal, hauled out on sea ice in Barrow Canyon.This bearded seal was also located in Barrow Canyon during much of the winter of 2019-2020.Ringed seal RS19-02-M (yellow arrow) was located in the central Chukchi Sea and ringed seal RS19-04-M (blue arrow) was located in the northern Bering Sea.All three spotted seals were located in the central Bering Sea (circles), generally near the ice edge.

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 25 January 2021 (

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