Bearded seals are primarily benthic feeders and dive to a maximum of 200 m to obtain food. They primarily eat local mollusks and crustaceans, and also commonly eat Arctic cod. They have also been known to eat benthic fishes such as sculpins and flatfishes, and also American Plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides).
Animal Foods: fish; mollusks; aquatic crustaceans
Primary Diet: carnivore (Piscivore , Molluscivore )
- Finley, K. 1983. Summer diet of the bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) in the Canadian High Arctic. Artic, 36.1: 82-89.
- Lowry, L., K. Frost, J. Burns. 1980. Feeding of Bearded Seals in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Artic, 33.2: 330-342.