We are pleased to announce that we tagged five adult male ringed seals near Utqiaġvik, Alaska, from 22 to 24 June. These seals were tagged as part of a collaborative effort between Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Arctic Marine Mammal Program and North Slope Borough, Department of Wildlife Management staff. We deployed a CTD tag on RS19-01-M, RS19-02-M, and RS19-04-M, and a SPLASH tag on RS19-03-M and RS19-05-M. We also deployed flipper (SPOT) tags on all five seals. One of the five flipper tags was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Mammal Laboratory.
From 10 to 24 June, we received locations for 2 bearded, 5 ringed, and 2 spotted seals. All five ringed seals made localized movements near Utqiaġvik. Bearded seal BS17-02-F, tagged near Koyuk in September 2017, was still in the southern Chukchi Sea, north of the Chukotka Peninsula. Bearded seal BS18-01-F (green square) was still in the northcentral Chukchi Sea, north of Wrangel Island, Russia. One spotted seal was in the Chukchi Sea; SS18-03-F (aqua circle) was near and hauled out on Icy Cape along the Alaskan coast. Spotted seal SS18-02-M (brown circle) made localized movements and hauled out near Scammon Bay. Sea ice data are courtesy of the U.S. National Ice Center, dated 24 June 2019 (http://www.natice.noaa.gov/products/daily_products.html). Seal research is conducted under NMFS permit #20466 issued to ADF&G and under an approved ADF&G Animal Care and Use Committee Protocol #0027-2019-41.