Movements and diving of bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) mothers and pups during lactation and post-weaning

  title={Movements and diving of bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) mothers and pups during lactation and post-weaning},
  author={Ian Gjertz and Kit Maureen Kovacs and Christian Lydersen and \Oystein Wiig},
  journal={Polar Biology},
Eleven bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) were tagged with satellite-linked dive recorders in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Norway, in May 1994. These animals included four mother-pup pairs and three single pups. The seals were tracked for 21–258 days. A total of ˜207,000 dives were recorded. Bearded seal mothers showed limited movements during the nursing and moulting periods. After weaning, the pups moved out of the tagging area and dispersed coastally. One pup left Svalbard and moved far offshore… CONTINUE READING
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