Recent Records of Hooded Seals, <i>Cystophora cristata</i> Erxleben, from the Western Beaufort Sea

  • John J. Burns
  • Angus Gavin
Keywords: Animal distribution, Seals (Animals), Alaskan Beaufort Sea


Three records of hooded seals, Cystophora cristata Erxleben, from the western Beaufort Sea were obtained between 1970 and 1975. Two of these sightings were verified. The third seal was identified based on descriptions from Eskimo informants. During a period of 106 days in captivity, seal Number 2 increased in weight by 51% at a rate of 0.45 kg per day. Its length increased by 12.3 cm.