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Arctic shrinking could leave seal pups homeless

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Shrinking sea ice in the Arctic could dramatically reduce areas where it’s suitable for ringed seals to reproduce, threatening their survival.

They’re currently under consideration to be listed as a threatened species, and they build caves in snow drifts on ice to rear their young.

The snow depths must be on average at least 20 centimeters, or 8 inches, to enable drifts deep enough to support the caves — but climate predictions say this may not be possible. 

Full story at Futurity.

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