Seal meat makes up a good portion of what’s in subsistence hunters’ freezers in Kotzebue. But the sea ice the seals haul out on is diminishing, and new research shows that’s shortening the window to hunt seals.
Last Friday evening a bearded seal made its way out of Nome’s iced-in port and up into the west side of town. The seal spent the night at Nome’s Public Safety Building and after observing its behavior, it was clear what to do next.
A bearded seal came ashore Thursday night and made its way into a parking lot on Nome’s west side of town.