I'm coming back to Zoosday Tuesday by picking up where we left off in February, in the Artic.
|Isn't I cute?|
These chubby little guys are the smallest of the seal species. They get their name from the lighter colored rings on the dark grey or black background.
They are the main food source of polar bears, but before you feel too sorry for them, keep in mind that they are super fast and sleek under the water. They stay close to the water at all times, by either floating along on ice floes, or digging holes in the ice that they can slip into when a big white bear comes prowling around.
During the winter, when the ice freezes solid the ringed seals are able to dig out holes deep under ice that other seals can't reach. They use their sharp front claws to dig 5-8 holes that they pop out of every 15-30 minutes when they need air. They blow bubbles out of the hole before surfacing in the hopes that a waiting polar bear will give away his position.
|Hope there aren't any polar bears around|
|whoops I'm not a ringed seal, but I do have blubber|
|Ringed seal pups are born with a white coat|
|I is molting, yuck!|