It’s not every day you find a Ribbon Seal.
The last time these evasive mammals were spotted was in 2012.
Thankfully, the reason why you won’t see them very often isn’t because they’re endangered. No, the Ribbon Seal is merely shy.
Animal lovers from Washington State were very lucky when one appeared on the shores of the Long Beach Peninsula.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries Service), the seal was in good condition. It appeared long enough to be photographed before diving back into the Pacific Ocean.
The Ribbon Seal lives in the Arctic and Subarctic regions of the North Pacific Ocean. There are an estimated 400,000 seals living in these regions, although they are rarely seen because they live so far into the ocean. Because of this, scientists know very little about these unique-looking mammals.
However, with climate change affecting the whole planet, the frequency of these sightings may increase, according to scientists. Hopefully, these beautiful creatures will stay around for more generations to come.
Watch the Ribbon Seals in action here:
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