Ice Seal Tracking Maps Archive

09/28/2019 – 09/28/2019

Requested Tracking Map
We are excited to announce that we tagged seven male spotted seal in Dease Inlet from 17 to 19 September. 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 CTD tags on 4 seals and SPLASH tags on the remaining 3 seals. We also deployed flipper (SPOT) tags on all seven seals. Six of the flipper-tags were provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Mammal Laboratory.

From 13 to 28 September, we received locations for 1 bearded, 5 ringed, and 8 spotted seals. The adult bearded seal (BS19-01-M, red square) made localized movements in Barrow Canyon and areas north and west of Utqiaġvik. Two ringed seals (RS19-01-M, red arrow and RS19-05-M, purple arrow) moved along the continental shelf break (200-m isobath) in the Chukchi and Beaufort sea. The remaining three ringed seals are in the northern Chukchi Sea. Three of the recently tagged spotted seals (SS19-02-M, blue circle; SS19-04-M, pink circle; SS19-07-M, orange circle) left Dease Inlet, moved into the northeast Chukchi Sea, and, at one point, hauled out near Icy Cape and Avak Inlet. The remaining four recently tagged spotted seals have stayed near Dease Inlet and Utqiaġvik, generally remaining in the Beaufort Sea. Spotted seal SS18-02-M (brown circle) made localized movements and hauled out near Scammon Bay in the Bering Sea. Sea ice data are courtesy of the U.S. National Ice Center, dated 28 September 2019 (

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