During our winter months, typically from December through March, New England begins to see some special seal visitors from up north: Arctic Seals! Harp seals (Pagophilus groenlandica) and hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) migrate to the waters of the Gulf of Maine for the season and share resources with our year-round seal residents, the harbor (Phoca vitulina) and grey (Halichoerus grypus) seals. Arctic seals or “ice” seals are species that spend long periods of time associated with sea ice and live in colder climates. Watch the video below created by our partners at Marine Mammals of Maine to learn more about these unique animals!
Do you still have questions and want to learn even more? Dive deeper by watching our Ice Seals in New England webinar!