From cradle to grave, plastic emits greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, which is causing the sea ice harp seals rely on for survival to disappear. When you purchase a Harp Seal Bracelet, you’ll pull one pound of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines, and help raise awareness about the threats facing these adorable bundles of blubber.
Order your Harp Seal Bracelets now and keep reading to learn more about this ice lover from Greenland
We can’t control the reproductive biology of seals, or where and how ice forms in their breeding habits from year to year. What we can control is human behavior.
Marine Biologist Duke University
The ice lover from Greenland
The scientific name for harp seals is Pagophilus groenlandicus, which literally translates as “the ice lover from Greenland” — an apt name for seals that rely on pack ice in the North Atlantic and Arctic to survive. Highly migratory, these seals follow Arctic sea ice as it expands and contracts throughout the year.
The greatest threat to harp seals is climate change, which is causing the sea ice they rely on to disappear. Pups can drown in melting ice floes or be crushed by chunks of falling ice. In 2007, more than 75% of pups in Canada perished because of poor ice conditions. In 2010, almost none survived.
From cradle to grave, plastic emits greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Entanglement in plastic fishing gear like gillnets and trawls can lead to severe injuries and death. Commercial hunting, vessel strikes, chemical contaminants, oil spills, and energy exploration are all significant threats to these adorable bundles of blubber.