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'Ice' Seal in Ungava Bay
Copyright Mariela Urra Schiaffino - all rights reserved

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A bearded seal lolls and rests on an iceberg remenant in southern Ungava Bay in the Nunavik region in Canada's Far North. Photo copyright to Mariela Urra Schiaffino, taken during a 'Polar Bears, Musk-ox, Icebergs & Seals' wildlife expedition. The bearded seal reaches about 2.1 m to 2.7 m in length and weighs between 200-430 kg. Thier average lifespan is about 25 years. Bearded seals are the primary source of food for polar bears during the winter period when the ice floes are on Ungava Bay. The seals feed on a variety of small prey found along the ocean floor including crabs, clams, squid, and sometimes fish. Its whiskers serve as feelers in the soft ocean floor sediments. In the Arctic seal pups are born in late April and May. Pups are born on drifting ice floes in shallow water; and enter the water only hours after they are born. Bearded seals are found throughout the Arctic ocean, Ungava Bay in Nunavik, and along the Labrador coast south to northern Newfoundland.

A curious bearded seal sidestrokes to keep up with the boat
- photo copyright 2017 David Ward - all right reserved

A bearded seal lolls in the sun on the bedrock shores of Ungava Bay
- photo copyright 2017 David Ward - all right reserved

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