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Arctic ribbon seal spotted near Seattle, Marysville

Arctic ribbon seal spotted near Seattle, Marysville

by Tim Flanagan on January 26, 2012

Phuong Le of the Associated Press has this story in the Everett Herald:

A ribbon seal is seen Friday on a dock in Marysville.
[K.Wilkinson / NOAA: A ribbon seal is seen Friday on a dock in Marysville.]

SEATTLE — A ribbon seal commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia has been spotted twice in the Seattle area.

It’s quite unusual to observe the animals this far south, said Peter Boveng, leader of the polar ecosystem program with the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, part of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. "There are not many people who see these regularly."

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