The Ringed Seal is the smallest and perhaps the most adorable of all species of seal. They are also the most numerous of all seals. An exact count of the total population of the various colonies of the Ringed Seal has never proven possible. However, official estimates place their population number at between 2-3 million.
Ringed Seal Physical Characteristics
The Ringed Seal attains an average length of approximately 69 in (175 cm) and a body weight of as much as 308 lb (140 kg). Even the smallest seal is still pretty big.
The head of the Ringed Seal is relatively small, and the body is comparatively plump. There are also several subspecies, ranging in size.
The name comes from the presence of dark silver-colored rings on the sides and back. The belly is usually a light silver.
They possess surprisingly powerful claws on their front flippers.
Ringed Seal Habitat and Ecology
The Ringed Seal inhabits territories throughout the Arctic Ocean. Their wide area of habitation (along with their numbers) thankfully helps to ensure the survival of their species.
The animal generally prefers to inhabit areas of the ice floe.
They feed on a wide variety of prey, primarily consisting of fish and invertebrates, and typically hunt alone.
Their primary natural predators are polar bears, orcas, and Greenland sharks.
During breeding season, the female typically gives birth to a single pup.
Their natural lifespan is approximately 25-30 years.