Has a short and stubby body with a small, rounded head. Small grey rings are found all around the body. It is the smallest of all seals.
They spend most of their life in water except during breeding, resting and molting. They sometimes bury themselves within holes in the ice using the claws on their flippers.
Artic Ocean, Baltic Sea, Canada, Alaska, Siberia
Unknown; the estimated population size for the Alaska stock is 249,000.
Polar bears, killer whales and Greenland sharks; Arctic foxes and glaucous gulls prey on the pups.
The details are unknown; the Alaskan population is believed to migrate northward in late spring and summer.
Social system/Group size
Entanglement in fishing gear and hunting. Global climate change may lead to loss of ice packs upon which it gives birth and avoids predators.
Ice Seal Biological Monitoring; Satellite telemetry (Hooper Bay, Kotzebue); Harvest monitoring
A ringed seal pup is also known as a "silver jar".