The seal's seclusive ways may have also contributed to a sense of mystery. The animals keep their secrets, often literally, close to their vest. For example, they're the only seals who boast an internal air sac - the purpose of which still eludes scientists.
But sadly, we may start to see more ribbon seals stray from their natural climes. The animals rely on Arctic sea ice for birthing their pups. As that ice steadily disappears, so too does their natural habitat.
And too often, we've seen what happens when animals stray too close to where humans live.