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2009-05-20 14:37:02

Researchers have confirmed the first ever sighting of a white southern elephant seal on a sub-Antarctic beach, BBC News reported. Unusual colors are more common in eared seals such as sea lions and fur seals, but such a thing is rare for true seals, a group that includes elephant seals. The journal Polar Biology published details of the seal, which has creamy white fur but normal brown eyes and nose. Ryan Reisinger of the University of Pretoria in South Africa, one of the researchers who...

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2009-04-22 16:00:00

Scientists from Canada and the U.S. have discovered the skeleton of a previously unknown web-footed carnivore in Canada's Arctic. The researchers said their discovery sheds light on how seals developed from land-based mammals. The primitive animal, known as Puijila darwini, measured around 43 inches from nose to tail, and had a body similar to that of an otter, but a skull akin to a seal. New research suggests Puijila is a "missing link" in the evolution of the group that today includes...

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2008-12-05 06:40:00

A conservation group hopes to force the federal government to add the Pacific walrus to the threatened species list by taking them to court.On Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity brought a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for not acting on a petition seeking to protect the Pacific walrus.According to the group, the Pacific walrus is threatened by global warming which melts Arctic sea ice.  The group has also filed...

2008-12-04 23:21:34

Keepers of a walrus at an Istanbul, Turkey, zoo said the water mammal's repertoire of human imitations includes the ability to play the saxophone. Sara the Walrus' Russian trainer, known as Sergiy, taught the whiskered wonder to hold the saxophone between its flippers and blow a note for the crowd at the Istanbul Dolphinarium, which opened to the public Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Officials said Sara's talents also include blowing a train whistle while dressed as a railway...

2008-09-17 15:00:19

By CARPINTER, Bernard MARINELAND staff are training sea lions and seals in the hope that shows will go on after the death of their star attraction, Kelly the dolphin. The long-running Napier tourist attraction has been closed to the public since Kelly's death last week, but staff are hoping the city council will reopen it. The council will hold public consultations before deciding whether it can afford to run Marineland without its key attraction. At the zoo yesterday, Rebekah...

2008-09-11 15:05:00

THE Department of Conservation is warning people not to be fooled by the puppy dog eyes of a sea lion or New Zealand fur seal this summer, into thinking they're safe to touch. They have a nasty bite and run fast, DOC said. Southlanders share more than 3000km of coastline with many marine mammal species and one the most common visitors are fur seals and New Zealand sea lions. DOC Stewart Island field centre supervisor Sharon Pasco said these large mammals were regularly seen on the region's...

2008-08-24 00:00:00

Your recent story about the body of a sea creature in St Mary's Bay is confusing. Two types of sea lion occur in the northern hemisphere: the Californian (the one that got used in so-called circus seal acts) and the Steller's sea lion. Both live in the Pacific so it is difficult to comprehend how one could have naturally found its way here. We have two types of seal in our waters - the common and the grey. Three-quarters of the world's population of grey seals occur around Britain....

2008-08-05 00:00:17

By ALEX ALI The corpse of a mystery mammal washed up on a Brixham beach has been removed by council officials. Marine experts were unable to identify the exact species of the animal from pictures. While council officials believe it is a sea lion, and coastguards have called it a seal, experts say it could even be a walrus. Phillip Knowling, a spokesman for Living Coasts, said: "It's impossible for animal experts to make a positive identification simply from a single close-up photograph....

2008-08-03 00:00:12

By ALLAN TUDOR A huge dead mammal - thought to be a sea lion - has washed up on a Torbay beach mystifying wildlife experts. The body of a seven foot marine mammal was found at St Mary's Bay, Brixham by Torbay Council beach staff. A council spokesman said: "We believe it be a sea lion. Two of our men went down to have a look and they said there is no way they could move it. It is believed to weigh around half a tonne." The council is making arrangements with the harbour service to have...

2008-07-19 12:00:28

By Shelby Martin, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 19--San Tomas, the sea lion who was rescued from a Santa Clara aqueduct, has taken a turn for the worse and will be euthanized. "Her health is just deteriorating," Jim Oswald, spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said Friday. The center had thought San Tomas was doing well enough to be released into the ocean today. But following an examination by a specialist, Oswald said the sea lion will probably be euthanized in...


Latest Pinnipeds Reference Libraries

Baikal Seal
2013-05-01 12:55:55

The Baikal seal (Pusa sibirica), also known as the nerpa or the Lake Baikal seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family that is native to Lake Baikal located in Siberia. This species is one of three seals that reside solely in fresh water areas. It is not known exactly how these seals came to inhabit such an isolated area, but some experts assert that a sea-passage was formed that linked the Arctic Ocean and Lake Baikal. The Baikal seal is one of the smallest of all true seal species,...

Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias jubatus
2012-11-01 07:34:19

The Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) is a species that can be found in the northern Pacific. It is also known as Steller's sea lion or the northern sea lion and is the only member of its genus, Eumetopias. Its range stretches from Gulf of Alaska to the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands in Russia. Its southern range includes Año Nuevo Island near California. Although it once bred as far south as the Channel Islands, it has not been seen there since the 1980’s. Traditionally,...

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2007-08-10 17:31:37

The Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), belongs to the seal family Phocidae. It is the only species in its genus. Leopard Seals are the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic (after Southern Elephant Seals), and are near the top of the Antarctic food chain. Orcas are the only natural predators of Leopard Seals. They can live twenty-six years, possibly more. Leopard seals are large and muscular, with dark grey backs and light grey stomachs. Their throats are whitish with the black...

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2007-02-13 23:51:54

The South American fur seal (Arctocephalus australis) is a species of fur seal that breeds on the coasts of Chile and Argentina. The total population is around 250,000. The population of South American fur seals in 1999 was estimated at 390,000, a drop from a 1987 estimation of 500,000. Although overall species numbers are healthy, the downward trend is causing some concern. Uruguay has the largest numbers of seals along its coast, numbering over 200,000.

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2007-02-13 23:36:11

The New Zealand fur seal or Southern fur seal (kokono in the Māori language), Arctocephalus fosteri, is a species of fur seal found around the south coast of Australia. It is also found on the coast of the South Island of New Zealand, and some of the small islands to the south and east of there. Male-only colonies are also located on the Cook Strait coast of the North Island near Wellington. The species has two common names because the Australian and New Zealand populations do not...

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