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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Recent Examples on the Web In the study, the team used computer tomography to create 3D models of the nasal cavities of two seal species–the Arctic bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) and the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus). Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 14 Dec. 2023 According to the model, Arctic bearded seals are more efficient at retaining heat and water exchange in both Arctic and subtropical temperatures. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 14 Dec. 2023 In 2019, Kotzebue saw extremely diminishing sea ice and the earliest breakup on the satellite record, which allowed bearded seal hunters on the Kotzebue Sound to start hunting earlier that year, Hauser said. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Aug. 2023 The corporation convenes a subsistence committee that includes representatives from Kivalina, and earlier this year, the mine delayed the start of its shipping season in response to members’ concerns about effects on hunting of bearded seal and beluga whales. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Dec. 2021 The animals involved are the Arctic subspecies of the ringed seal and the Beringia population of the Pacific bearded seal. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Feb. 2023 The male bearded seal, for example, sounds like an alien spaceship landing. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2014 Her youth was one of physical labor—chopping wood, lugging ice, and hanging the slabs of ugruk, or bearded seal, that her grandmother butchered. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 While not hit by a plane, a bearded seal delayed an outgoing and incoming flight at Utqiaġvik’s Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in 2017. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bearded seal was in 1819

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“Bearded seal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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