The author of the passage mentions ringed seals most probably in order to
provide an example of a phocid species that fasts throughout its entire lactation period
provide an example of a phocid species whose maternal strategy is typical of phocid species
provide an example of a phocid species that may deplete an even higher proportion of its fat stores during lactation than harbor seals do
support the assertion that harbor seals are smaller than many other phocids
support the assertion that harbor seals' maternal strategy may be related to their small size
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