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Seals

Photo: IMR.

Harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are the two seal species found on the Norwegian coast. Seals are important elements in the rich marine biodiversity of Norwegian waters. Read more

Hooded seals are local to the North Atlantic. Hooded seals breed on pack ice and there are three main whelping areas – those being : off Newfoundland in Canada, in the Davies Strait between Canada and Greenland, and in the Jan Mayen area of the Greenland Sea. The degree of exchange among these whelping areas remains unclear. Read more

Photo: Kjell T Nilsen.

The harp seal is local to the North Atlantic. The harp seal breeds on pack ice and there are three main whelping areas: off Newfoundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (the Northwest Atlantic stock), in the Jan Mayen area of the Greenland Sea and in the White Sea in Russia. Read more

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Norwegian sealing focuses on two species, harp and hooded seals. Sealing takes place in the south-eastern Barents Sea, outside the White Sea in the Russian Economic Zone and the area between Greenland and Jan Mayen Island. Read more