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Climate Change Harp Seals Abandon Pups
2013-07-22 15:20:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Duke University scientists have determined that young harp seals off the eastern coast of Canada are at a greater risk of getting stranded than adult seals due to climate change. Researchers wrote in the open-access journal PLOS ONE that declining sea ice is leaving baby harp seals stranded in greater numbers. "Stranding rates for the region's adult seals have generally not gone up as sea ice cover has declined; it's the...

2013-03-21 23:00:46

Acclaimed celebrity chef Brian Malarkey has signed on to The Humane Society of the United States´ Protect Seals campaign to bring Canada´s commercial seal slaughter to an end. (PRWEB) March 21, 2013 Acclaimed celebrity chef Brian Malarkey has signed on to The Humane Society of the United States´ Protect Seals campaign to bring Canada´s commercial seal slaughter to an end. Malarkey joins more than 6,000 top chefs, restaurants and food businesses that have teamed up with...

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...

Harp Seal Population Threatened By Melting Atlantic Ice
2012-01-05 13:46:14

Warming in the North Atlantic Ocean has lead to "significantly reduced" sea ice levels in the breeding grounds of harp seals over the past three decades, Duke University researchers have discovered. Harp seals, which according to BBC News Environment Correspondent Richard Black are "doe-eyed animals" that are "the prime target for Canada's annual seal hunt," have experienced an approximately 6% per decade decrease over the past 30-plus years, the scientists have claimed. "The kind of...

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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...

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2010-07-01 05:39:34

Changes in the marine ecosystem are effecting reproduction in harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) causing them to give birth to their pups much earlier than usual, according to a recent study. The study found that the mammals are birthing their pups 25 days earlier compared to 35 years ago. Scientists believe that removal of large fish species by the fishing industry was allowing populations of smaller species to thrive. These smaller species are favored by the seals. "We report on a continual...

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2010-04-15 12:35:00

Usually a banner month for seal hunting, this April has seen a shortage in seals due to lack of sea ice during a record-warm Canadian winter, and, according to officials and sealers, a boycott by the European Union has ruined the seal hunt off Canada's Atlantic coast. The Fisheries Minister of Canada, Gail Shea, increased the allowable catch of harp seals this season to 330,000, up by 50,000 from previous seasons, defying a ban on seal products by the European Union. However, most of...

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...

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2010-03-29 10:20:27

The annual Canadian seal hunt got underway on Sunday, but just barely, as a single ship departed from port into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in pursuit of a diminishing harp seal population. "I know one boat set sail tonight, at around 4:00am in the morning," Denis Longuepee, president of the Magdalen Island seal hunters' association, told AFP on Sunday. "In past years, there were 10 to 40 boats weighing anchor." The reason, according to a press release sent out by the International Fund for...


Latest Harp Seal Reference Libraries

Harp Seal
2013-05-01 15:08:34

The harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), also known as the saddleback seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It is native to northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean and to some areas of the Arctic Ocean. Its scientific name means "ice-lover from Greenland,” and it was previously classified within Phoca genus, although studies have shown that it is unique enough to be in a distinct genus. It holds two recognized subspecies, P. groenlandicus groenlandicus and P. groenlandicus oceanicus....

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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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