Pinnipeds - Ribbon seals (Histriophoca fasciata)
Ribbon seals are among the most striking and easily recognizable seals in the world. They can be identified by the distinctive light-colored bands or "ribbons" that encircle their neck, each foreflipper, and hips.
The NMML's Polar Ecosystems Program is actively studying and monitoring ribbon seals to support a more reliable assessment of their status. Studies include surveys of abundance and distribution; satellite telemetry of movements, foraging, and haul-out behavior; sampling of tissues for evaluation of population structure and health; and collection of feces for investigation of diet.
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