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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Diseased Ice Seals

Disease Outbreak in Northern Alaska

diseased seal with head lesions
diseased seal with flipper lesions and hair loss
A diseased seal with lesions and hair loss. Photos: B. Sinnok


General Information

Disease Fact Sheets


Disease Outbreak Fliers


News Releases
  • March 7, 2012. Seal captured near Yakutat found to have hair loss and skin sore disease
  • December 20, 2011. Deaths of ringed seals in Alaska declared an unusual mortality event; walrus pending
  • November 1, 2011. Public Service Announcement on Arctic Seal Disease
  • October 13, 2011. NOAA Scientists seeking answers in skin lesion disease outbreak in ringed seals



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