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2012-08-30 10:35:48

Bioluminescence may play a key role in successful foraging for southern elephant seals, a deep-sea predator, according to research published Aug. 29 in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The authors of the study, led by Jade Vacquié-Garcia, monitored the diving behaviour of four female southern elephant seals in the southern Indian Ocean that were also equipped with light detectors. The researchers found that increased bioluminescence was correlated with higher foraging...

Elephant Seal Study Reveals Previously Unknown Behaviors
2012-05-17 06:37:47

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Researchers at the University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) have used tracking devices to learn more about previously unknown behaviors of Northern elephant seals. Their study, published May 15 in the journal PLoS ONE, used satellite tracking devices to follow the migratory, breeding, and predatory behaviors of the Pacific dwelling mammals. The information gathered by the researchers showed almost 300 seals traveling throughout the northeast Pacific...

2012-03-16 23:00:43

The Center's “Leave Seals Be” campaign urges beachgoers to report sick and injured seal pups to rescuers. Sausalito, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 The arrival of the pupping season´s first harbor seal patient, nicknamed Theros, is a reminder to Leave Seals Be so they have a second chance at life. Leave Seals Be is The Marine Mammal Center´s public education campaign to remind people along the California coast not to pick up or disturb harbor or elephant seal pups they spot...

Elephant Seals Forced To Dive Deeper Due To Ocean Warming
2012-02-10 04:47:00

Global warming is having an effect on the dive behavior and search for food of southern elephant seals. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association cooperating in a joint study with biologists and oceanographers from the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town have discovered that the seals dive deeper for food when in warmer water. The scientists attribute this behavior to the migration of prey to greater depths and now wish to...

Elephant Seal Travels 18,000 Miles: WCS
2011-12-14 04:06:35

The Wildlife Conservation Society tracked a southern elephant seal for an astonishing 18,000 miles — the equivalent of New York to Sydney and back again. WCS tracked the male seal from December, 2010, to November, 2011. The animal — nicknamed Jackson — was tagged on the beach in Admiralty Sound in Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile. WCS conservationists fitted Jackson with a small satellite transmitter that recorded his exact location when he surfaced to breathe....

2011-03-19 00:00:30

Trained rescuers from the Center will offer new "I Helped Save a Seal "“ U Can Too!" bumper stickers to those who notify them of a seal in need of help. Sausalito, Calif. (PRWEB) March 17, 2011 The arrival of the pupping season's first patient, an elephant seal nicknamed Second Day, is a timely reminder to Leave Seals Be and give them a second chance at life. Leave Seals Be is The Marine Mammal Center's public education campaign to remind people along the California coast not to pick...

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2010-10-15 09:50:00

A team of Australian scientists has announced that they are looking to create a new, global climate change monitoring network using state of the art technology--and elephant seals. In order to study the oceans surrounding their nation, the scientists are turning to a set of high-tech tools known as the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). Among the tools utilized by the IMOS are autonomous profiling floats that will help detect cracks in sea ice, satellite tags equipped to the...

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2010-06-02 14:20:46

Elephant Seals send Scientific Data from the Antarctic to Bremerhaven via Satellite Transmitter "Gustavo" is an imposing bull always in search of the best feeding grounds. The elephant seal weighing 3 tons and measuring 4 meters in length belongs to a group of 14 animals that serve researchers of the Alfred Wegener Institute as scientific assistants since recently. At the beginning of the Antarctic winter "“ from mid-March to the end of April "“ the mighty elephant seal bulls were...

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2009-08-01 07:48:05

Jessica Meir goes to extreme environments to learn how birds and mammals thrive in conditions that humans cannot tolerate, and she tells readers all about it My main research interest is physiology in extreme environments, particularly those with low levels of oxygen. Animals that thrive in such "hypoxic" environments are ideal species to investigate for how their physiology responds. In addition, studying adaptations to hypoxia in animals at high altitude, during hibernation, or in diving...

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2009-07-10 08:25:00

Southern Elephant seals responded rapidly to climate and habitat change and established a new breeding site thousands of kilometers from existing breeding grounds, according to new research.An international research team, including post-doctorate Dr Mark de Bruyn and collaborators from the US, South Africa and Italy, led by Professor Rus Hoelzel from the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University, found that when the Antarctic ice sheets of the Ross Sea Embayment...


Latest Elephant seal Reference Libraries

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2005-06-02 11:31:58

The Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) is one of two species of elephant seal (the other is the Southern Elephant Seal). It is a member of the Phocidae ("true seals") family. Elephant seals get their name from their great size (the Southern Elephant Seal is the larger of the two species) and the fact that the adult males have a large proboscis, which is used in making extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season. There is a great sexual dimorphism...

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Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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