From 13 to 27 July 2020, we received locations for 1 bearded, 2 ringed and 3 spotted seals, all in the northeast Chukchi and western Beaufort seas. 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.
The adult bearded seal (BS19-01-M, red square) remained in heavy sea ice and moved off the continental shelf in the Beaufort Sea. The ringed seals, RS19-02-M (yellow arrow) and RS19-03-M (orange arrow), were in the western Beaufort Sea. One spotted seal, SS19-04-M (pink circle), was near Icy Cape in the Chukchi Sea while the two others, SS19-05-M (purple circle) and SS19-06-M (green circle), were in the western Beaufort Sea, generally in and near Dease Inlet. Sea ice data are courtesy of the U.S. National Ice Center, dated 27 July 2020 (http://www.natice.noaa.gov/products/daily_products.html).