ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Seals

Including:

Hooded Seal (Cystophora cristata)

Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus)

Spotted Seal (Phoca largha)

Ringed Seal (Pusa hispida)

Order Canivora
Family

Phocidae

Hooded Seal
Bearded Seal
Hooded Seal - Marchantia
Bearded Seal - YG photo
Spotted Seal
Ringed Seal
Spotted Seal - Kenpei
Ringed Seal - Lee Cooper

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon
Length 1m - 3 m (depending on species) Distribution of seals in Yukon
Weight 60 - 425 kg (depending on species)
Lifespan 10-30 years
Habitat
Predators Humans, Orcas, Polar Bears

Conservation Status

Yukon Hooded (SNA), Bearded (S4), Spotted (SU), Ringed (S3)
Global Hooded (G4G5), Bearded (G4G5), Spotted (G4G5), Ringed (G5)
Yukon population estimate:  Not determined

 

Description

Behaviour

All Yukon seals are phocids or “true seals”.  They are sometimes called crawling seals because they do not “walk” on their flippers like sea lions, but rather waddle on their bellies, when on land. Their limbs are more streamlined and bodies are specialized for deep dives spending a long time underwater. 

Diet

Fish, mollusks, crustaceans

 

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