Spotted Seals have a body length between 1.4 and 2.1 m (4.6 - 6.9 ft) and they weigh between 65 and 150 kgs (140 - 330 lbs). In U.S. waters, spotted seals migrate south from the Chukchi Sea through the Bering Strait from October to November ahead of advancing sea ice. That means a seal can carry a lot more oxygen for its body weight. Spotted seal pups are born in white lanugo on sea ice while harbor seal pups shed their lanugo before they are born and their pups are born on land. Habitat Spotted Seals inhabit waters of the north Pacific Ocean. Adult spotted seals can weigh up to 270 pounds and be more than 5.5 feet long. Winter sea ice in the Bering, Okhotsk and Barents seas — prime habitat for bearded, ringed and spotted seals — is projected to decline by at least 40 percent by midcentury. There is a large variation in the colour of the adult spotted seal coat but generally it is silvery-grey with dark grey on the back and covered with brown to black spots. While there's no one species called the Arctic seal, six seal species live in the Arctic region: ribbon seals, ringed seals, harp seals, bearded seals, hooded seals and spotted seals. Breeding Spotted seal pups, like the one pictured at left, are born with a soft, light-colored coat. They have more threats from predators -- including humans -- and pollution than their Antarctic cousins. These seals have silver to light gray fur with dark spots. With several inches of blubber, it takes a much larger animal to bite a seal and eat it. They are coloured pale grey and they have dark coloured spots. Threats in the Wild: For all ice seal species, the loss of sea ice poses a great threat to their habitat. Its coat has a black background with white spots on the forehead and characteristics of 2-6 white stripes on the back and flanks. The spotted skunks are the most similar to the weasels of the skunks. The coat of adult spotted seals is usually a dark gray mantle over a lighter brownish or silvery base. Spotted seal pups, like the one pictured at left, are born with a soft, light-colored coat. Small dark spots are found all over, especially on the back and sides. This may reduce the food resources available or put the seals in closer contact with predators. Diet Spotted Seals mainly feed upon fish and crustaceans. The coats of adults have dark spots over light gray to silver. Learn more about these charismatic Arctic sea mammals. It reaches a length of 115–345 mm with a tail of 70–120 mm. This web page is modified from the book Marine Mammals of Alaska by Kate Wynne, illustrated by Pieter Folkens, available at the Alaska Sea Grant Bookstore.. The Spotted seal is a "true seal" with a small body, a rounded head and short flippers.
It has a slimmer body, and tail coat thinner smaller than their close relatives. BODY: Medium-size seal with narrow, dog-like snout. These ice dwellers form seasonal family groups and prefer open seas. Seals have more blood than land animals of a similar size, plus more hemoglobin to carry oxygen.
They can also be by-catch for certain fishing practices. The coat of adult spotted seals is usually a dark gray mantle over a lighter brownish or silvery base.
Small dark spots are found all over, especially on the back and sides. spotted seal preferred habitat is the edge of the pack ice in areas of loose floes while harbor seals avoid sea ice. Spotted seals are often confused with harbor seals in areas where their populations mix. They spend the winter in the Bering Sea in the annual pack ice over the continental shelf. Ringed seals have innovative ways of avoiding predators such as polar bears. Spotted seals gather in late spring-summer among the ice remnants, sometimes on land when ice is unavailable, to moult. SIZE: Average adult 5 ft (1.5 m), 210 lbs.