List of Mammals of Alaska - Carnivorans - Seals, Sea Lions, and Walrus

Seals, Sea Lions, and Walrus

Species More information Range
Bearded seal
Erignathus barbatus
Bearded seals are found in the parts of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas where sea ice forms in the winter. Often weighing more than 750 pounds in the winter, they are the largest true seals found in Alaska waters. However, seasonal weight fluctuations typically result in adults weighing approximately 500 pounds during summer months. Bearded seals are generally solitary and migrate seasonally to follow moving sea ice. When sea ice recedes in summer, bearded seals are densely concentrated, but when sea ice occupies much of the northern seas during winter, bearded seals are much less densely populated. In the Bering and Chukchi seas, Bearded seals generally eat crabs, shrimp, clams, snails, and some fishes. During breeding season, males fight frequently and "sing" underwater with a whistle that is partly audible to humans. Alaska Natives living in western coastal villages depend on bearded seals for hides and subsistence.
Elephant seal
Mirounga angustirostris
Hooded seal
Cystophora cristata
Hooded seals generally are found in the Atlantic Ocean, but occasionally individuals wander as far west as Alaska.
Harbor seal
Phoca vitulina
Harp seal
Phoca groenlandica
Ribbon seal
Phoca fasciata
Ringed seal
Phoca hispida
Spotted seal
Phoca largha
Northern fur seal
Callorhinus ursinus
Steller's sea lion
Eumetopias jubatus
California sea lion
Zalophus californianus
Between 1974 and 2004, 54 California sea lions were reported in Alaska.
Odobenus rosmarus

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