Ringed Seal

Ringed Seal, photo by Stephen Petersen
Ringed Seal
Pusa hispida
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Not applicable
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Not applicable
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Under Consideration
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Special Concern
NWT General Status Rank: 

The Ringed Seal is the smallest species in the seal family.  They have a small head and a short snout. Ringed Seals get their name from the pattern of light rings against a dark background that is visible on its coat. Ringed Seals are the most abundant seals in Arctic waters.

Weight: Adults, 50 to 70 kg (110 to 154 lb). Length: Adults, average 1.5 m (5 ft).              

Report Ringed Seal sightings to WILDLIFEOBS@gov.nt.ca