Latest Elephant seal Stories

2009-06-15 06:30:00

Scientists have recently discovered a surge in malnourished sea lions along the Northern California coast and are working hard to discover the cause. "We're way ahead in the numbers this year. We have twice as many animals as we should," marine veterinarian Bill Van Bonn told the Associated Press. Experts at the non-profit Marine Mammal Center, located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, believe the malnourished sea lions could be a result of a decline in populations of smaller fish that...

2008-08-12 09:15:00

Scientists have been frustrated for years when trying to study the ocean around Antarctica in winter. The bitter cold, floating sea ice, and whipping winds in the Southern Ocean make collecting data a difficult task. Scientists now have a solution: use seals. Researchers led by Jean-Benoit Charrassin of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris recruited help from residents in the Antarctic. Electronic data-collecting equipment was glued to 58 elephant seals in the region.  The...

2008-05-13 11:43:57

A seal has been caught on camera trying to have sex with a penguin. This seems to be the first known example of a sexual escapade between a mammal and another kind of vertebrate such as a bird, reptile or fish, "although some mammals are known to have attempted sexual relief with inanimate - including dead things - objects," said researcher Nico de Bruyn, a mammal ecologist at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. One summer morning, scientists observing elephant seals...

Latest Elephant seal Reference Libraries

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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