Ringed seal pup – Endangered Species

A ringed seal pup peeks out from its protective snow cave near Kotzebue, Alaska in this handout photo dated May 1, 2011. The bearded seal is one of the two species of far-north seals, who are victims of disappearing sea ice and dwindling snowpack in their Arctic habitat, and will be granted protections under the Endangered Species Act, federal officials announced on Friday.

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