Under-Ice Behavior of Ringed Seals

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: biology, marine mammals, animal behaviour, seals, dive depth, dive duration

Principal Investigator: Kelly, Brendan P. (2)
Licence Number: 12095
Organization: Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska
Licensed Year(s): 1993 1992
Issued: Jan 01, 1992
Project Team: Dr. D. Wartzok; Dr. G. Jarrell; Ms. L. Higgins

Objective(s): To test the hypothesis that ringed seals are territorial under the sea ice; to determine the depths and durations of dives by free-swimming ringed seals; to investigate the sensory components of under-ice navigation by free-swimming ringed seals;

Project Description: This project is investigating the social organization, diving behavior, and foraging patterns of ringed seals under the shore-fast ice. Sonic transmitters will be attached to the seals and monitored by four hydrophones lowered through the ice.