Polar Expeditions

Audio courtesy of Rachael Dease

The male bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) produces complex and intricate vocalisations, with long drawn out glissandos, heavy with melisma and trills that spiral down, producing incredible frequencies and song. When the male seal creates this call, they swim spiralling downwards releasing bubbles, when surface to the centre of the circle. It’s thought the higher the quality of the song, the superior seal, and so more likely to attract a female during breeding season. This can be heard in northern waters during breeding season (March – July).