• Ringed Seal Are Smallest Seals

    Ringed Seal

    Ringed Seal is the smallest seal of the world. This smallest seal is also...

  • Ringed Seal Are Smallest Seals

Ringed Seal is the smallest seal of the world. This smallest seal is also known as Jar seal or Netsik seal or Nattiq. Its length is very short i.e. 117 cm and it weight up to 45 kg. It is commonly found in Arctic Ocean and Northern beaches. Ringed seal eats fish and other small oceanic organism. Due to consistent hunting by human this species is in danger of extinction.

Ringed seal is rated as the smallest seal of the world; its scientific name is Phoca Hispida. They are found in Arctic Ocean but are also spotted at Hudson Bay, Bering Sea and Baltic Sea. Unlike other sea creatures they prefer to be under the ice. They create breathing holes under the ice using their sharp claws. They prefer under the ice to save themselves from polar bears that are always looking for them. Ringed seals prefer to be alone they are not found in groups, they might be found in groups during the ice melting season. When they are not under the ice they are always near the water or breathing hole so that they can quickly hide if they see a polar bear.

There are five subspecies of ringed namely the Arctic, the Baltic, the Okhotsk, the Ladoga and Saiima ringed seal. Ringed Seals are small phocids with body sizes of 1.5m in length and their average weight is 70kg. At birth Ringed Seals are about 55-60cm in length and their weight at the time of birth is about 4.5-5.0kg with regional variation. Arctic Ocean holds the greatest number of ringed seal in fact they are more than any other kinds of seals in Arctic Ocean.

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