From 21 October to 9 November 2020, we received locations for 3 ringed and 2 spotted seals. During this period, ringed seal RS19-02-M (yellow arrow) hauled out east of Utqiaġvik and ringed seals RS19-04-M (blue arrow) and RS19-05-M (purple arrow) hauled out between Icy Cape and Peard Bay. Both spotted seals also hauled out during this period; SS19-04-M (pink circle) was south of Icy Cape and SS19-05-M (purple circle) was in Kolyuchinskaya Bay, Chukotka, Russia.
These seals were tagged during the 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 9 November 2020 (http://www.natice.noaa.gov/products/daily_products.html).