bearded seal

noun

Definition of bearded seal

: a large arctic hair seal (Erignathus barbatus) with a tuft of long whiskers on each side of the muzzle

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Examples of bearded seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your Instagram photo of the day Leo Sage returns to town in Utqiagvik, Alaska, after hunting bearded seals with his father by boat in the Arctic Ocean. Whitney Johnson, National Geographic, "How to be a great photographer?," 18 Oct. 2019 The Beringia population of bearded seals is predicted to go extinct around 2095 as sea ice disappears and the creatures are forced into degraded habitat, according to the EIS. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Drilling Could Cause Extinctions in Alaskan Refuge, Government Plan Says," 16 Sep. 2019 Derek would help push boats across the ice as his father searched for patches of open water to hunt walrus and bearded seal. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’," 15 Sep. 2019 Eight young bearded seals were found Monday on St. Lawrence Island. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 On May 10, eight young bearded seals were found on St. Lawrence Island. Fox News, "At least 60 ice seals reported dead in Alaska, officials say," 13 June 2019 Eight young bearded seals were found Monday on St. Lawrence Island. Washington Post, "At least 60 ice seals found dead along west Alaska coast," 13 June 2019 And seal hunters this spring found bearded seals to harvest but not near the village. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Polar bears might be the least vulnerable, with four other important species—bearded seals, walruses, bowhead whales and ringed seals—probably falling somewhere in the middle. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Ships Threaten Arctic Marine Mammals," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of bearded seal

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Bearded seal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bearded%20seal. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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