When NASA scientists come across something they say they've never seen before, it's usually quite something.
IceBridge mission scientist John Sonntag, the photographer of the phenom, wrote, "I don't recall seeing this sort of thing elsewhere".
NASA scientists flying over the Arctic earlier this month spotted unusual shapes out the window, but they aren't sure what caused them. They claim that the ice in that place was thin and the phenomenon was called "finger rafting", a feature that forms when floes collide.
If that's the case, it's possible the larger circles that surround the holes come from the behaviour of the seals, forming freezing puddles as the animals emerge from their frigid dip.
However if you perhaps suspected something mammalian in nature, you could be getting warmer.
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The ice holes were found 50 miles away from Canada and so far scientists haven't figured out the exact cause of this intriguing sight.
"The holes may have been gnawed out by seals to create an open area in the ice through which they can surface to breathe", the report read.
But then again, maybe not.
On April 17, as part of its monthly Earth Matters blog, NASA posted a satellite image of what appeared to be a sheet of ice with curious holes in them and asked everyone to guess what it is. That would account for the wavy pattern on part of the ice, but the obvious holes are harder to explain.
"This is in pretty shallow water generally, so there is every chance this is just "warm springs" or seeps of ground water flowing from the mountains inland that make their presence known in this particular area", University of Maryland glaciologist Chris Shuman, who works at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, explains.
You might not know Sonntag's name, but you've nearly definitely seen his photographic portfolio before, as his day job sees him aerially documenting the wintry, white vistas that define the world's evolving Arctic and Antarctic landscapes. We'll just have to wait for the next flyover and hope Sonntag gets a shot of an ice hole complete with a pop-up seal catching some air.