The Bearded Seal

For more information about polar bears and Arctic wildlife, see the new IMAX® film “To The Arctic 3D” opening in select IMAX Theatres starting April 20, 2012. “To The Arctic 3D” is a MacGillivray Freeman Film from Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corporation. Presented by One World One Ocean Foundation.




Bearded seals are the largest species of Arctic seal.


They have a small head on a large body, and small, square front flippers.


They are called bearded seals because they have long white whiskers all over their snouts.


Their coat is dark brown or gray with dark rings and spots.


Bearded Seals are solitary mammals. Individual seals often rest on ice floes facing the water for an easy escape from predators.


Bearded seals are extremely vocal and males’ songs can be heard for up to 12 miles.


They eat a variety of small prey such as arctic cod, shrimp, clams, crabs, and octopus.


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