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2012-04-03 09:38:56

The grey seals in the Baltic Sea compete for fish with the fishing industry. The seals locally eat about the same quantities of cod, common whitefish, salmon, sea trout and eel as those taken by fishermen. This is the conclusion from research carried out at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Competing with the fishing industry The grey seals in the Baltic Sea eat largely the same species and the same sizes of fish as those taken by the fishing industry. So even if the amount of fish...

Parenting Styles Among Seals Differ
2011-11-23 04:20:53

Grey seals have different types of personality that affect the extent to which they guard and care for their young, according to new research. Researchers from Durham University and the University of St Andrews, looking at seal colonies in Scotland, found that seal mothers are often unpredictable and adopt a wide variation of mothering styles when it comes to checking on their pups. Some are very attentive while others are not, the researchers found. The Durham-St Andrews study shows,...

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2011-03-21 09:30:00

Harp seal sightings along the coast of northeastern United States have been recorded by 14 seal stranding and rehabilitation organizations in New England and the Middle Atlantic, according to Clarke Canfield of the Associated Press (AP). It is unusual for large numbers of adult harp seals to be spotted, but over 100 of them have been found in U.S. waters, Mendy Garron, the regional marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in...

2011-01-21 06:29:00

SWINDON, England, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Trust has announced that three young grey seal pups born on the National Trust's Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast have been discovered hundreds of miles away on a Dutch beach. The first of the Farne Island three was found on the 13 December 2010 and was less than three weeks old when it made the 350 mile journey. After being found by a member of the public it was taken to a seal rescue centre in Holland. Pups two and...

2010-04-08 10:58:00

NEWFOUNDLAND, Canada, April 8 After disastrous ice conditions in March caused many harp seal pups to perish prematurely, Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is now allowing open fire on the few seals that survived. Today, IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) is set to observe hunting activity off the coasts of Newfoundland. Twenty-three sealing vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador have hailed out in search of concentrations of seal pups on...

2010-03-15 14:33:00

GUELPH, Canada, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has increased the total allowable catch (TAC) for harp seals in a year when the population is already challenged by a lethal habitat shortage. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) says the increase is ridiculous and nonsensical, noting that such a high TAC is irrelevant given that few seal pups are expected to survive this year's disastrous ice conditions. "The...

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2008-12-03 13:40:00

Scientists say harbor seals (common seals) are vanishing along coastlines across the northern hemisphere at an alarming rate. Researchers from St Andrews University say numbers have halved in the hardest hit area, the Orkney Islands, since 2001 - falling almost 10% each year. Professor Ian Boyd of the Sea Mammal Research Unit said there would soon be no harbor seals left in some areas if the mysterious decline continues. Marine biologists currently have no explanation for the disappearances...

2006-02-03 12:40:00

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA -- Around 1,500 seal pups were swept out to sea and drowned by a tidal surge off Canada's east coast this week after a lack of ice cover meant their mothers were forced to give birth on a small island, environment officials said on Friday. A resident on the island described how the mother seals had frantically tried to push their tiny pups back on to land as they floundered in the storm-tossed water. Grey seals in the Northumberland Strait -- which lies between the...


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