The ringed seal, Phoca hispida, of the Canadian western arctic
Describes the biology and population ecology of the ringed seal, Phoca hispida, based on over 8,000 specimens and other data gathered in the Amundsen Gulf and southeastern Beaufort Sea.
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Materials and Methods
The Breeding Habitat
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adolescents adult seals age classes age structure Alaska Amundsen Gulf annual appears Arctic cod arctic fox autumn Baffin Baffin Island bearded seals behaviour birth lairs body condition Boreogadus saida breathing holes Brown's Harbour Canadian arctic catch densities distribution effect fast-ice fast-ice breeding habitat feeding female ringed seals Fish foetuses Geraci growth harp seal harvest haul-out Herschel Island Holman hunting Iluvilik increased indicate Inuit June land-fast males marine mammals McLaren mercury mortality neonates offshore open water ovulation period phoques annelÚs pinnipeds polar bears polynya predation pressure ridges prey Prince Albert Sound regression reproductive rates ringed seal Phoca ringed seal populations ringed seal pups ringed seals Sachs Harbour sample sea ice seal pelts seals collected season sexually mature significantly Smith and Hammill snow southeastern Beaufort Sea species standard length Stirling stomach contents subnivean lairs Table territorial Victoria Island weaning weight winter