Sea Ice Gives And Takes Life
Ringed seals, which are found only in the Arctic, use sea ice as a pupping platform by creating snow caves called lairs. They also hunt, molt and rest on the ice, rarely moving onto the land. Consequently, they’re particularly vulnerable to the estimated increases in sea ice melting rates.
Whales periodically get trapped in drifting sea ice that in certain conditions can solidify very quickly. This unique Arctic phenomenon, called a sassat, means death for the trapped whales but life for polar bears, Greenland sharks, other scavengers and Inuit that prey on them.