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2007-11-16 18:51:41

Sahara the Arctic seal keeps turning up in warmer waters. The young seal was rescued off the coast of North Africa last year, far from his native habitat in the Arctic. He was brought to Britain, nursed back to health and freed into the wild — only to paddle in the wrong direction again.

2007-08-23 19:52:02

Young female Hawaiian monk seals will be raised in captivity as part of a plan unveiled Wednesday to save their diminishing population from extinction.

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2007-05-30 18:00:00

An endangered monk seal drowned over the weekend after becoming trapped in an unattended fishing net off Oahu's Makua Beach. Another monk seal found partially entangled in the gill net on Sunday survived.

2006-04-26 12:13:16

By Sarah Tippit LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - If the stench and bacteria from feces and birth byproducts at a San Diego seal pupping beach has not kept the people away, then officials hope a rope just might.

2006-04-13 15:17:06

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Activists protesting against Canada's annual seal hunt said dozens of angry hunters and fishermen had trapped them in their hotel in northeast Quebec on Thursday and damaged one of their vehicles.

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2006-04-13 11:45:00

America's most popular dog is a big hit with scientists who are using Labrador retrievers to hunt up seals for study in the Arctic. The dogs are proving nifty at finding the breathing holes and snow lairs of ringed seals.

2006-04-06 18:10:42

A marine mammal expert used bait fish and a special trap to rescue a harbor seal that had been trapped for two weeks at an oceanside power station, officials said.

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2006-03-29 13:17:00

When large cruise ships get too close to harbor seals, the animals become distressed, according to a new federal study.

2006-03-26 19:15:00

A group of animal rights activists observing Canada's annual harp seal hunt were arrested on Sunday for getting too close to hunters killing the animals off the eastern coast, officials said.

2006-03-25 14:23:54

By Paul Darrow OFF CANADA'S EAST COAST (Reuters) - Canadian hunters started shooting and clubbing harp seal pups on Saturday at the start of an annual hunt that is the focus of a tech-savvy protest by animal rights groups.


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Japanese Sea Lion, Zalophus japonicas
2013-06-22 16:34:14

The Japanese sea lion (Zalophus japonicas) is in extinct species that could once be found in the Sea of Japan. The biggest populations occurred around the Korean peninsula and the Japanese Archipelago. In these areas, both sea lions and seals have influenced the names of some coastal areas, like Inubosaki or “dog-barking point.” It was formally classified as a distinct species in 2003 due to a difference in behaviors and range, but was previously known as a subspecies of the California...

Japanese Sea Lion, Zalophus japonicas
2013-06-10 11:01:20

The Japanese sea lion (Zalophus japonicas) is in extinct species that could once be found in the Sea of Japan. The biggest populations occurred around the Korean peninsula and the Japanese Archipelago. In these areas, both sea lions and seals have influenced the names of some coastal areas, like Inubosaki or “dog-barking point.” It was formally classified as a distinct species in 2003 due to a difference in behaviors and range, but was previously known as a subspecies of the California...

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....

Ringed Seal
2013-05-01 12:51:20

The ringed seal (Pusa hispida), also known as the jar seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. Locally, it is known as nattiq or netsik in the Inuit language. It can be found in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, with a range that includes the Bering and Oshtok Seas, the Arctic Ocean, and the coastlines of Japan in the north Pacific. It also occurs in the North Atlantic on the coastlines of Scandinavia, Greenland, and Newfoundland.  Within its range, the ringed seal prefers areas with ice...

Caspian Seal
2013-04-30 14:10:47

The Caspian seal (Pusa caspica) is one of the smallest species in the true seal family that is native only to the Caspian Sea.  It can be seen on shorelines, rocky islands, and ice blocks that occur throughout the sea. In warmer months, these seals will inhabit northern areas of this range, but in colder months, they inhabit cooler waters and the mouths of the Ural and Volga rivers. It is thought that these seals only occur in the Caspian Sea because they moved there during the Quaternary...

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