Spotted Seals Are Found in North Pacific Waters

by OBDK on March 29, 2023

Spotted Seals are gray and have dark spots. They are about 4.5 to 5.5 feet long and can weigh up to 250 pounds!1These animals are part of the pinniped group – which also includes sea lions and walruses.2
You can find them in the waters of the North Pacific.1 Ice floes are very important for them – they rely on them a lot. They’ll rest on the ice and also give birth to their offspring on them.3 Their offspring are about 3 feet long and weigh about 20 pounds when they’re born. They are born with white coats. This is called lanugo and it helps them survive until they develop enough blubber to stay warm without it.2
Spotted Seals prey on:1
  • Fish
  • Crustaceans
  • Cephalopods 
In turn, they are prey for:2
  • Sleeper sharks 
  • Killer whales 
  • Walruses
  • Polar bears
  • Sea lions 
  • Humans 
Spotted Seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.1 Because they’re so dependent on ice, global warming directly affects them. Other threats also include:3
  • Oil and gas development
  • Shipping activity
  • Noise pollution
  • Getting caught as bycatch
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