bearded seals

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Bearded Pinnipeds-Bearded Seal

The bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus), also called the square flipper seal, is a medium-sized pinniped that is found in and near to the Arctic Ocean. It gets its scientific name from two Greek words (eri and gnathos) that refer to its heavy jaw. The other part of its scientific name means bearded and refers to its most characteristic feature, the conspicuous and very abundant whiskers. When dry, these whiskers curl very elegantly, giving the bearded seal a “raffish” look.

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Photograph by @mattiasklumofficial
A female polar bear and her cubs take a well deserved snooze after devouring a bearded seal. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to find them awake. Polar bears nap almost anywhere and any time, especially after feeding on a seal. This time of year sun never really sets in Svalbard. However light is softer and even more gorgeous at night. I usually choose to work “night shift” also since the polar bears (and other species) tend to be more active during night hours. This adaptation is surely because both ringed seals and bearded seals are more active at night. But “day and night” does not mean that much in the Arctic where there are 24 hours of daylight in summer and 24 hours of darkness during the cold winter. #svalbard #polar #polarbears #arctic #savingthearctic #climatechange #bwsp #expedition #mattiasklum #cubs #mom #predator @mattiasklumofficial @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety by natgeo

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Tromsø: Polaria

Martin took me to the Polaria to see the seals! Apparently the Polaria is the most northerly aquarium. Second picture is me cheesing next to a seal that just swam by. And they have an open pool and do a small show with the bearded seals doing tricks like jumping up in the air. Classic. And we also watched a video on the five screen panoramic screen explaining the Aurora Borealis. I fell asleep because these short days in Tromsø made me super sleepy when the sun sets at 2:30 PM. 

Lance Kramer, an Inupiat hunter from Kotzebue, hunted bearded seal on the frozen Kotzebue Sound in early May.

Alaska’s bearded seal hunting season, typically lasting 2 months, was reduced to less than a week this year, due to deteriorating ice and a drastic increase in temperature, causing the seals to migrate early.

See the full story on National Geographic News. Photograph by Katie Orlinsky (@katieorlinsky)
#nationalgeographic #news #sealhunting #marine #mammal #animal #seal #alaska by natgeo