Movements and diving of adult ringed seals (Phoca hispida) in Svalbard
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Seven post-moulting adult ringed seals (Phoca hispida) were equipped with Satellite Linked Dive Recorders in Svalbard in July 1996 to determine if ringed seals conduct long-distance post-moulting feeding excursions, and to obtain details of their diving behaviour. The mean duration of tags was 206 days (range 103–325). Two seals swam 400 km north to the drifting pack ice (82°N). The rest undertook more local movements. Forty-eight percent of all dives were shallower than 20 m and 90% were shallower than 100 m. Ninety-five percent of all dive durations were shorter than 10 min, and 99.5% were shorter than 15 min. This study has shown that adult ringed seals undertake varying patterns of post-moulting excursions.
KeywordsLocal Movement Ringed Seal Diving Behaviour Dive Duration Satellite Link
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