Maps: Ribbon Seal: Important Habitat Areas

Ribbon seal habitat map


The shape for Total Subsistence Use Area is partly made up of Cenaliulriit CRSA data that represents all marine mammals collectively.


ribbon seal
Top: Ribbon Seal. Photo credit: NOAA; Bottom: Ribbon Seal. Photo credit: M. Cameron, NOAA

Central Yup’ik: Qasruliq

St. Lawrence Island Yupik: Kukupak

Inupiaq: Qaigullik

Scientific: Phoca fasciata

Nobody hardly hunts the ribbon seal. Everybody gets warm clothing from Cabella’s. Their skins are for decorations.24 Elders and Active Hunters (after group discussion)—Elim

Ribbon seals are the least abundant of the ice seals that inhabit Alaskan waters.25 In winter and spring ribbon seals have a strong association with sea ice where they give birth, nurse pups and molt, mostly occupying the inner zone of the ice front. The summer months are spent in the ice free waters of the Bering Sea.26,27

Little is known about the feeding habits of ribbon seals. Almost all dietary information has been gathered during the spring; winter feeding patterns remain largely unknown. Ribbon seals are thought to eat mostly fish, while also consuming invertebrates such as crustaceans, cephalopods and bivalves.28

Other Important Seal Habitats:
Bearded Seal
Ribbon Seal
Ringed Seal
Spotted Seal

Last Updated: 
Tue, 01/12/2016