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Juvenile Predation Preventing Steller Sea Lion Recovery
2012-01-19 04:36:29

A new study suggests that the impact of predation on juvenile Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska has been significantly underestimated, creating a “productivity pit” from which their population will have difficulty recovering without a reduction of predators. Scientists using “life history transmitters” to study Steller sea lions found evidence of age-structured predation by orcas (killer whales) and other large predators in Alaska´s Prince William Sound...

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...

2011-12-29 17:12:00

HOUSTON, Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Flame Seal Products, Inc. (Pink Sheets: FLMP) releases the following: Flame Seal Products, Inc., which took control of marketing FLAME SEAL-TB, its Thermal Barrier coating for the Spray Foam Insulation Industry in August of this year, has seen exponential sales growth as a result of that effort, as well as from its ongoing marketing program in the Fire Retardant Leather market. Sales figures that have been monitored on a monthly basis from the...

2011-12-14 15:00:00

Newborn pup completes the circle of rescue, rehabilitation and romance for parents Presley and Porter GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moody Gardens welcomed a new addition to the North Pacific seal exhibit at the Aquarium Pyramid on Dec. 11-- a harbor seal pup named Riley. The newborn seal and first-time mother Presley have spent their short time together bonding through activities like...

Elephant Seal Travels 18,000 Miles: WCS
2011-12-14 04:06:35

The Wildlife Conservation Society tracked a southern elephant seal for an astonishing 18,000 miles — the equivalent of New York to Sydney and back again. WCS tracked the male seal from December, 2010, to November, 2011. The animal — nicknamed Jackson — was tagged on the beach in Admiralty Sound in Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile. WCS conservationists fitted Jackson with a small satellite transmitter that recorded his exact location when he surfaced to breathe....

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,...

2011-11-16 08:30:00

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We may have just "fallen back" and put the grill away, but it's never too early to think about "spring-ing forward." Deck season is always around the corner. From November 16-December 2, the Thompson's Water Seal brand wants to know what you would do with $15,000 to help create the deck of your dreams. Take five (minutes, that is) to fill out a short online survey about what you most desire for your deck, and you will be entered into...

2011-10-25 17:42:00

HOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Flame Seal Products, Inc.(Pinksheets: FLMP), is experiencing an increase in sales volume that is well ahead of recent projections. Sales in October are already $149,948 (an increase of ~$90,000 over September), with six days remaining. The Company also has received "pre-booked" sales for November delivery of $126,439, based upon confirmed contracts, with commitments for $190,000 in December with the same customer. Sales are growing at an...

2011-08-31 09:13:00

Economics Report Confirms Namibian Seal Watching is Worth 300 Percent More than Seal Hunting BOSTON, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new comprehensive study on "The Economics of Seal Hunting and Seal Watching in Namibia," commissioned by several international animal welfare organizations, demonstrates that seals are worth far more alive than dead. Comparing the most recent figures available for both industries, the report concludes that the annual Namibian seal slaughter poses...

2011-06-09 13:44:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Great white sharks may not be the only predators local gray seals are facing this summer. Over the last six weeks, five adult gray seals were found shot on Cape Cod beaches from Dennis to Chatham. Biologists from the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team discovered the cases in the course of standard stranding response efforts. Given the large population of gray...


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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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