This rare pelagic seal occurs throughout the Bearing Sea. Ribbon seals spend much of their lives away from shore, resting and birthing on pack ice. Although the ribbon seal moves fairly fast on land, their solitary lifestyle off sets any natural fear of humans, making them easy prey. In the 1960's, ribbon seal populations declined due to commercial over harvesting. With the introduction of management programs, ribbon seal populations are increasing and are now considered stable.
Skull Length: 19cm (7.4in)
Origin: North Pacific and Arctic Oceans
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