Ringed and bearded seals, still listed as ‘threatened’, are still doing really well

Dr. Crockford’s key quote up front: “…Quakenbush is willing to admit [in a wishy-washy way] to a journalist that biologists can’t tell the future:

‘…two predictions that we made about what could be bad for walruses, just within a couple of years turned around and were sort of the opposite.’”

Hifast Note: “Sort of the opposite” translates to “we were wrong.”

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This isn’t news but it’s good to hear it again, this time from the mouth of one of the biologists who collects the data: against all odds, the primary prey species of polar bears are doing spectacularly well.

Ringed seal Barrow AK_Brendan Kelly

According to leading seal biologist Lori Quakenbush of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, ringed and bearded seals in the Chukchi Sea are doing great (ADN, 11 February 2019, “Seals seem to be adapting to shrinking sea ice off Alaska”):

“We’re seeing fat seals,” said Lori Quakenbush, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Arctic Marine Mammal Program. “They are reproducing earlier than they have in the past, which says they are getting enough nutrition at this point to grow quickly and become reproductive at an earlier age.”

Quakenbush looking for ringed and bearded seals in Chukchi sea_11 Feb 2019 ADNRinged and bearded seals across the Arctic, including the Chukchi and Bering Seas, were listed as threatened in 2012…

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