Southern Elephant Seals
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Southern Elephant Seals

November 10, 2011
Southern elephant seals. The southern elephant seal is the largest seal in the world, with males reaching up to 4.5 meters (14.5 feet) and females reaching 2.8 meters (11 feet) in length. Studies of seals is just one of the vast numbers of ongoing research projects taking place continually in Antarctica under the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), supported and managed by the National Science Foundation. Other Antarctic study areas are aeronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, glaciology and ocean and climate systems. Outreach such as the Antarctic Artists and Writers program and education programs are also supported.

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