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Inuit youths with captured Ringed Seal (Pusa Hispida), Baffin, Canada
The Ringed Seal is the most common marine mammal in the Arctic. Traditionally, they were the main food source for the local Inuit community, and remain an important contributor. The distribution of mammals in this area is strongly defined by the sea-ice coverage. Open water occurs only for a couple of months, and as ice cover develops, Ringed Seals must create a network of breathing holes, that are maintained throughout the Winter. As soon as the ice firms, polar bears make their way onto the ice to hunt after a long Winter fast.