Bearded Seal

Bearded Seal

Bearded Seal Range Map (Arctic Waters)
Bearded Seal Range Map (Arctic Waters)

Bearded Seal
Photographer: Ansgar Walk
Latin Name Erignathus barbatus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Arctic Waters
Colour Grey or Brown
Length 2.25 - 2.7 m (7.4 - 8.9 ft)
Weight 275 - 340 Kgs (606 - 750 lbs)
Life Expectancy

25 - 30 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Bearded Seals have a body length between 2.25 and 2.7 m (7.4 - 8.9 ft) and they weigh between 275 and 340 kgs (606 - 750 lbs). They have a large body and they are grey or brown in colour.

Their head is rounded and they have small, close set eyes. They have a large, wide muzzle and long, white whiskers, which is where they get their common name.


Bearded Seals inhabit waters around Alaska and the Arctic Ocean.


Bearded Seals mainly feed upon fish, squid and clams.


After a gestation period of 11 months, Bearded Seals give birth to a single pup. They are weaned by the time they reach a month old and they reach sexual maturity at 6 years of age.


Predators of Bearded Seals include polar bears and humans.


Subspecies of the Bearded Seal are:

Erignathus barbatus barbatus
Erignathus barbatus nauticus

Interesting Facts

Bearded Seals are also known as:
Square Flipper Seal
Phoque Barbu

Similar Animals

Leopard Seal
Crabeater Seal
Ross Seal
Weddell Seal
Hooded Seal


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