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2007-11-16 18:51:41

LONDON - 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. Animal rights activists now hope to give Sahara one more chance to avoid life in captivity. "We're disappointed that he headed south and not back up north," said Tamara Cooper, an animal care...

2007-08-23 19:52:02

HONOLULU -- Young female Hawaiian monk seals will be raised in captivity as part of a plan unveiled Wednesday to save their diminishing population from extinction. The recovery plan will nab about 50 malnourished young seals each year, put them in protective custody to help them survive their early years, and then release them back into the ocean to start new families. Scientists estimate there are only about 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals left, and their population has been shrinking by 4 percent...

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2007-05-30 18:00:00

HONOLULU - 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. The dead animal was an adult male between 5 and 10 years old that had been staying around Kaena Point, said David Schofield, a marine mammal response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The second seal followed the dead animal's carcass to shore...

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. A school of about 200 harbor seals has emerged victorious in the battle between those who want to protect one of California's top seal-spotting places and those who cherish the "Children's Pool," a cove built 70 years ago to give tots a safe place to swim. The decade-long...

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. The activists are demanding an end to the hunt, during which 325,000 harp seal pups will be shot and beaten to death on ice floes off Canada's Atlantic Coast. Canada's government says the hunt helps the local economy and keeps the seal population in check. Mark Glover...

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2006-04-13 11:45:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- 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, which after centuries of being hunted by human and beast alike, are strictly covert. "Ringed seals are pretty well adapted to not being found because they live in a world with polar bears and human seal hunters," said Peter Boveng, program leader for...

2006-04-06 18:10:42

LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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. The 100-pound animal was taken to a marine mammal care center after its rescue Wednesday from the Scattergood Generating Station near Los Angeles International Airport. It was expected to survive. The seal swam or was sucked into the station's ocean-water intake pipe, which is located about a quarter-mile...

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2006-03-29 13:17:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - When large cruise ships get too close to harbor seals, the animals become distressed, according to a new federal study. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report Monday on seal behavior in Disenchantment Bay, a Southeast fjord that cruise ships frequent for a view of the Hubbard Glacier. The study, which was a cooperative effort involving NOAA, the cruise industry and the Yakutat Tlingits, found that when the large ships got closer than...

2006-03-26 19:15:00

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA -- 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. The six activists belong to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which says the hunt is cruel and should be scrapped. This year, some 325,000 young seals will be shot and clubbed to death on ice floes, mainly for their pelts. In addition to six activists, a...

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. This year, 325,000 young seals will be killed on the ice floes off the East Coast where the animals gather. Hunters in boats shot the seals on Saturday as they lay on small ice floes and then dashed over to the bodies in hopes of retrieving them before they sank....


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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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