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Ribbon Seal


Scientific Name:
Histriophoca fasciata
Length:
1.5 m (5 ft)
Weight:
80 kg (175 lbs)
Status:
rare
Prey:
N/A

Physical characteristics

They have dark bodies with light colored bands around neck, front flipper, and hips.

Behavioral characterization

They alternate from using their front flippers and swinging their hindquarters to run across ice.

Distribution

Found in the North Pacific Ocean and parts of the Arctic Ocean.

Population size

240,000

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

N/A

Social system/Group size

N/A

Major threats

N/A

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

Have an air sac in their bodies that might be used as a flotation device, or to store more air during dives, or for vocalizing.