2021 Ice Seal Locations
(as of 20-Jul-2021) 

Bearded Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Ugruk
Scientific Name: Erignathus barbatus

Ribbon Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Qaiġulik
Scientific Name: Histriophoca (previously Phoca) fasciata

Ringed Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Natchiq
Scientific Name: Pusa (previously Phoca) hispida

Spotted Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Qasiġiaq
Scientific Name: Phoca largha

Other studies on Ice Seals in Alaska

SEAL HEART STUDIES: What can seals tell us about heart disease? This is a presentation given by Robert Elsner, professor emeritus at UAF, on work he completed on ice seals in the 1980s and 1990s.

Ice Seal Biomonitoring Program (ADF&G)

ice seal OC monitoring

Ice Seal Monitoring in the Bering-Chukchi Sea Region Progress Report August 2009 This report, by ADF&G biologist Lori Quakenbush, details the progress of the Ice Seal Monitoring in the Bering-Chukchi Seas

Shishmaref Seal Sampling Update - Spring 2005 (Gay Sheffield, ADF&G)



NOTE: The ESA listing does not affect hunters' ability to take ice seals on the North Slope. No regulations are projected for the near future but the NSB and the Ice Seal Committee will work together to limit any possible regulatory actions that may be taken in the future.

Questions and Answers about the Use of Marine Mammal Parts and Products (NOAA

More information on Ice Seals

Ice Seal Committee

ICE SEALS: Frequently Asked Questions (NOAA)

Ice Seal Sound Here is an MP3 file of bearded seal sounds The bearded seal call is an eerie sound that starts out high and sort of “circles” down to a lower pitch. Here is an MP3 file of ringed seal sounds. These sounds were recorded with hydrophones placed in the open lead on the sea ice near Barrow by NSB-DWM biologists. The recordings were analyzed and clips were produced under the direction of Christopher W. Clark at the Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Sounds of the Arctic This poster with sound files was put together by Catherine Berchok (National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA) and Kate Stafford (University of Washington, Applied Physics Lab) with support from BOEMRE (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement) and the NSB.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Notebook Series:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Species Profil - Ringed Seal

Seal Hunting and Safety (ADFG) This link will bring you to an educational guide and workbook on seal hunting. The materials were designed by ADFG for students grades 4-6 in Yup'ik communities in Alaska but they can be modified for other seal hunting communities and student ages as well.

Wainwright Students and Seals Program Information on a program that provided an opportunity for Wainwright students to visit Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Interesting Finding

Banner photo credit: Kate Stafford