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2009-05-27 13:09:07

Canada's governor ate a piece of a raw seal's heart after it was slaughtered during her official Arctic trip to show solidarity with embattled Inuit seal hunters. Many Inuit people gathered for a feast in Rankin Inlet in Nunavut, which was the first stop on Governor General Michaelle Jean's trip this week to different remote northern communities as Canada's head of state and representative of Queen Elizabeth II. Jean stood over the carcass of a freshly slaughtered seal and used a traditional...

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2009-05-06 05:59:50

On Tuesday, Finnish conservation biologists announced that the number of rare Saimaa seal pups born declined this winter compared to 2008. The announcement sparked a government response promising tighter fishing regulations. Lake Saimaa, Finland's largest lake, is home to nearly 260 Saimaa seals. According to Metsaehallitus, a state agency, only 43 cubs were found at Lake Saimaa this spring, which is eight less than a year ago. "This is alarming because we had two warm winters with small...

2009-04-23 23:26:59

A 24-million-year-old fossil thought to be a missing link in evolution has been discovered in northern Canada, researchers said. Carnegie Museum of Natural History paleontologist Mary Dawson was a member of an international team that found the fossil, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said Thursday. The find -- reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature -- may be the missing link between land carnivores and seals, sea lions and walruses, the newspaper said. San Diego State University...

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2009-04-09 08:36:39

The second part of Canada's yearly seal hunt started Wednesday with the killing of 63,500 seals mandated by authorities, even though there remains a lack of interest for their pelts. The profitable hunt began on Newfoundland province and Quebec's lower north shore, stated fisheries department spokesman Phil Jenkins. However, powerful winds and chilly rain slowed down the hunters, Jenkins noted. In the first part of the hunt, 19,411 seals were butchered in the south part of the Gulf of Saint...

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2009-03-26 14:30:00

Fisheries officials said on Thursday that hunters taking part in Canada's controversial yearly seal hunt have already filled their full kill-quota after slaughtering some 19,411 seals so far this year, the AFP reported. Phil Jenkins, a spokesman for Canada's fisheries and oceans department, described the first leg of the annual commercial cull, which ended Wednesday, as "calm and orderly." The annual seal kill boasted some 350 Canadian sealers in 20 vessels, as well as those on the...

2009-03-25 15:40:00

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) closed the first zone of the seal hunt today after the earliest group of sealers killed 17,200 harp seals thus far. DFO is set to re-open the hunt in another area of the Gulf this Friday. Observers with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) have just returned after witnessing the slaughter of harp seal pups during this year's commercial seal hunt....

2009-03-23 06:26:00

CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of observers with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) is ready to document the commercial seal hunt as it opens in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Canada's commercial seal hunt is the largest hunt for marine mammals in the world. Sealers are allowed to kill 280,000 harp seal pups this year, provided they have begun to molt their white coats, which occurs when the animals are about two weeks old....

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2009-03-22 15:10:00

The Canadian government came under harsh criticism from environmental groups on Saturday for increasing its annual seal-hunting quota. The groups say Canada's move makes little sense given the expected European ban on all seal products. On Friday, the Canadian government authorized an increase in seal killing on the Atlantic seaboard to 280,000, one-third the total number of seals killed annually worldwide.  The new quota is 5,000 higher than last year's quota, and 10,000 above the quota...

2009-03-20 20:00:00

OTTAWA, March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has released this year's total allowable catch (TAC) for harp seals despite a lack of demand worldwide for seal fur. Experts with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) are appalled that the Canadian government is persisting with the commercial seal hunt in spite of dwindling international markets. "This quota is outrageous," said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW....

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2008-12-03 13:40:00

Scientists say harbor seals (common seals) are vanishing along coastlines across the northern hemisphere at an alarming rate. Researchers from St Andrews University say numbers have halved in the hardest hit area, the Orkney Islands, since 2001 - falling almost 10% each year. Professor Ian Boyd of the Sea Mammal Research Unit said there would soon be no harbor seals left in some areas if the mysterious decline continues. Marine biologists currently have no explanation for the disappearances...


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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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