E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Histriophoca fasciata (Zimmermann, 1783)
Ribbon Seal
Family: Phocidae

© Public Domain Photo  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #17161)


The Ribbon Seal is an Arctic and Sub-Arctic species that is an accidental species in British Columbia. It has been reported only once from Richmond, British Columbia (June 2012). Its native range is "the Arctic and Subarctic regions of the North Pacific Ocean, notably in the Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk" (Wikipedia 2012).

View a video of this species in Richmond.

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNAAccidentalNot Listed
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Additional Range and Status Information Links

Additional Photo Sources

General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2017. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 19/02/2018 7:38:56 PM]
Disclaimer: The information contained in an E-Fauna BC atlas pages is derived from expert sources as cited (with permission) in each section. This information is scientifically based.  E-Fauna BC also acts as a portal to other sites via deep links.  As always, users should refer to the original sources for complete information.  E-Fauna BC is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the original information.

© E-Fauna BC: An initiative of the Spatial Data Lab, Department of Geography, UBC