20th June 2012
The Ribbon Seal (Histriophoca fasciata) is one of nine species of ice seals inhabiting the Arctic. What sets them apart is that they are physiologically and anatomically adapted to make deeper dives and swim faster than other seals. Also making them unique, ribbon seals run across ice by alternating their foreflippers and swinging their hindquarters as opposed to using the caterpillar-like movement used by most other seals. Ribbon seal pups are born all white, but after one year they begin to develop the signature dark body with light bands.

The Ribbon Seal (Histriophoca fasciata) is one of nine species of ice seals inhabiting the Arctic. What sets them apart is that they are physiologically and anatomically adapted to make deeper dives and swim faster than other seals. Also making them unique, ribbon seals run across ice by alternating their foreflippers and swinging their hindquarters as opposed to using the caterpillar-like movement used by most other seals. Ribbon seal pups are born all white, but after one year they begin to develop the signature dark body with light bands.

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