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2008-10-06 15:38:44

One of the smallest seals "“ the Caspian - has joined a growing list of mammal species in danger of extinction. Scientists from the University of Leeds together with international partners have documented the disastrous decline of the seal - a species found only in the land-locked waters of the Caspian Sea "“ in a series of surveys which reveal a 90 per cent drop in numbers in the last 100 years. The research findings have prompted the International Union for Conservation of...

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2008-08-12 09:15:00

Scientists have been frustrated for years when trying to study the ocean around Antarctica in winter. The bitter cold, floating sea ice, and whipping winds in the Southern Ocean make collecting data a difficult task. Scientists now have a solution: use seals. Researchers led by Jean-Benoit Charrassin of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris recruited help from residents in the Antarctic. Electronic data-collecting equipment was glued to 58 elephant seals in the region.  The...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By Donita Naylor CHARLESTOWN -- Westerly Hospital nurse manager Nancy Clarke got the honor of opening the crate to release SYPg0809. The young male harp seal -- identified by his stranding code to remind that he is a wild animal, not an adorable, soulful, inquisitive, little lost baby -- was released from a carrier between two lines of onlookers at Blue Shutters Beach just after 8 yesterday morning. For Clarke, the release was bittersweet. She was part of a Westerly Hospital team that...

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2008-07-24 08:50:00

On Wednesday the European Commission approved plans to ban the import of seal pelts that have undergone extreme suffering when being killed.  The ban may cause trade conflicts with hunting countries. While the EU stopped just short of a total ban, the governing body stated that products from the 900,000 seals hunted annually should be received in the EU only with assurance that the seal has been killed through humane means. European environmentalists and politicians have demanded action...

2008-06-25 15:02:34

BELLINGHAM, WASH._ Repeat after me: Wild baby seals should not be "rescued" off some beach and taken to your home. Not even when they look so cute they give you a big case of the "aaaaawwwws." Not even if you see them lying on a beach with their mothers nowhere in sight and you're convinced those adorable blobs of helplessness need rescuing. Not even after you look at this photo and think: "Is there anything in the world cuter than a baby seal and a wiener dog living in harmony?" Resist...

2008-06-18 18:00:19

A federal appeals court has refused to order the city of San Diego to protect seals who have moved onto a popular beach. Children's Pool Beach has become a flash point for those who favor seals and those who put a higher value on human access. A sea wall keeps surf out of the cove, but seal feces have kept bacteria levels so high that swimming has not been possible. The Animal Protection and Rescue League wanted the city to place a rope barrier around the seals while they are giving...

2008-05-13 11:43:57

A seal has been caught on camera trying to have sex with a penguin. This seems to be the first known example of a sexual escapade between a mammal and another kind of vertebrate such as a bird, reptile or fish, "although some mammals are known to have attempted sexual relief with inanimate - including dead things - objects," said researcher Nico de Bruyn, a mammal ecologist at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. One summer morning, scientists observing elephant seals...

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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...


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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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