Ringed seals are the smallest and most common earless seals living in the Arctic. They are specially adapted to live and breed in the Arctic ice, building ice caves above their breathing holes to protect their pups from predators such as polar bears. They excavate these lairs by scraping at the ice with their front flippers. There are several subspecies of the ringed seal, two of which live in freshwater lakes in Finland and Russia.
Scientific name: Pusa hispida
The following habitats are found across the Ringed seal distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1