Ringed seals are fat little seals and are therefore also referred to as the small seal. They live in and around the Arctic region, but sometimes wander into the North Sea. In the Arctic region, ringed seals make fortresses in snow mounds on the pack ice, where the young are born. The mother can reach her young through a breathing hole in the pack ice. These breathing holes are often favorite spots for polar bears, where they will wait to catch a good meal.