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2014-07-22 05:00:37

Cell Press By using sophisticated GPS tracking to monitor seals' every movement, researchers have shown for the first time that some individuals are repeatedly drawn to offshore wind farms and pipelines. Those man-made structures probably serve as artificial reefs and attractive hunting grounds, according to a study published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 21. "I was shocked when I first saw the stunning grid pattern of a seal track around Sheringham Shoal," an...

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2014-02-28 04:54:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz has provided additional details on the hearing capabilities of spotted seals, which are being exposed more and more to shipping noise as global warming has opened up lanes through the Arctic. "These spotted seals actually hear much better in both air and water than was previously thought based on earlier data for harp seals and ringed seals," said study author...

2012-04-04 23:03:57

This gaming app takes a player on an adventure and Slippery´s perils as he migrates up the coast of the scenic Northern Pacific Shore. A number of animals who reside in that ecosystem were incorporated, as well as towns along the migration route (points selected as the game levels), utilizing some of the most identifiable landmarks, man-made or nature formed as the background art on which the action take place ~ http://bit.ly/iTunes_SlipperySeal New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB)...

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...

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...

2012-03-15 10:25:00

On February 12, Fresno Chaffee Zoo´s Harbor Seal Buck, received surgery on both eyes to remove cataracts that had rendered him blind. Fresno, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 Over the last several years Buck has had bilateral severe cataracts in both eyes, a common complication of old age with pinnipeds. Last year one of the cataracts started to shift in one of his eyes. At this time, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Veterinarian, Dr. Lewis Wright decided to have the cataracts...

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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2011-05-12 09:50:00

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology shows that seals can detect the size and shape of objects by sensing differences in the trail of disturbance they make in the water and use this ability to identify the best fish, BBC News is reporting. Dr. Wolf Hanke and scientists from the Marine Science Center at the University of Rostock, Germany, first showed how sensitive seals' whiskers were last year when they reported that a trained seal named Henry was able to sense an...

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2011-03-23 09:04:38

The bodies of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), which live in estuaries or along coastlines where industrial activities take place, are highly contaminated. This is the result of a European study, involving Spanish participation, which warns of the danger to these mammals from ports throughout Europe, even in the Mediterranean. "Although there are no seals in Spanish waters, these species can be used as biomonitors of global pollution", Octavio P©rez Luzardo, one of the authors of the study...


Latest Harbor Seal Reference Libraries

Common Seal
2013-04-30 14:03:57

The common seal (Phoca vitulina), also known as the harbor seal or harbour seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It can be found in the northern Pacific, Atlantic, Baltic, and North Seas along the coastlines in these areas. This species holds five recognized subspecies, although the Western Atlantic common seal subspecies is questionably classified. The common seal can reach an average length of up to 6.1 feet and a weight between 120 and 370 pounds. The fur can vary in color from...

Spotted Seal
2013-04-29 16:12:21

The spotted seal (Phoca largha or Phoca vitulina largha), also known as the largha seal or simply the largha, is a “true seal” in the family Phocidae. It is native to northern areas of the Pacific Ocean and neighboring seas, preferring to reside on sea ice. Its range includes the continental shelf of the Okhotsk and Bering Seas, Chukchi, and Beaufort. Its southern range extends to the Yellow Sea. When it migrates, it can be found in the Sea of Japan and northern Huanghai. During the...

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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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