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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...

2008-07-08 12:00:39

By Shelby Martin, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 8--A wayward sea lion trapped in a Santa Clara creek was rescued Monday, thanks to a dozen volunteers, some strong fishing nets and a jumbo-size dog kennel. The capture ended the sea lion's 10-day adventure in Silicon Valley, which drew dozens of curious onlookers and featured two previous unsuccessful attempts to corral her. The sea lion was first sighted June 27 in the shallow water of a concrete-lined channel along the San Tomas...

2008-07-07 15:00:25

Animal rescuers likely will keep trying to remove a sea lion trapped in shallow waters along a concrete channel of a creek in California, officials say. The sea lion has spent 10 days in waters along the San Tomas Aquino/Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara, Calif., not far from the San Tomas Expressway, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported Monday. Jim Oswald, spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., said crews had already made two unsuccessful attempts to rescue...

2008-06-30 15:02:34

The account of sea lion deaths by Forest & Bird's Kirstie Knowles (GreenZone, June 21-22) overlooks important facts relevant to assessing impacts of the squid fishery on the sustainability of sea lions. In 2007-08, the fishing-related mortality limit was reduced to 81 from the previous year's 93. It's estimated that 46 sea lions were killed this year, 10 fewer than last season's 56. This number is well within limits, providing high confidence that the sea lion population will remain at...

2008-02-08 00:20:00

Pacific Walruses may soon see themselves on the Endangered Species List. On Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed to get the walrus listed under the Endangered Species Act because of the potential damage to the species caused by the effects of global warming on their habitat. The sea ice these animals use in the summer as a place to rest and eat is melting at an alarming rate. The creatures are also threatened by development of gas and oil near their home. The Fish and...

2007-12-14 18:50:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In what some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming, thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crowd onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers. The deaths took place during the late summer and fall on the Russian side of the Bering Strait, which separates Alaska from Russia. "It was a pretty sobering year - tough on walruses," said Joel...

2007-08-15 18:15:00

By MARY PEMBERTON ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Dozens of walrus carcasses have washed up on beaches this summer, many missing their heads and ivory tusks. While rotting, headless carcasses are not uncommon along beaches in western Alaska in summer, the number of carcasses washing up in Norton Sound has prompted an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Federal authorities don't know if a crime has occurred, said Steve Oberholtzer, a special agent in Anchorage. But he said investigators...

2007-02-06 15:30:00

The best oceanographers in the world never studied at a university. Yet they know how to navigate expertly along oceanic fronts, the invisible boundaries between waters of different temperatures and densities. These ocean experts can find rich fishing in places and at depths that others would assume are barren. They regularly visit the most interesting and dynamic parts of the sea. Sea lions, seals, sharks, tuna and other top ocean predators share some of their experiences with human...

2006-11-28 15:00:00

By MARCUS WOHLSEN SAN FRANCISCO - Tourists flock to Fisherman's Wharf for the seafood and the stunning views of San Francisco Bay, but for many visitors, the real stars are the dozens of playful, whiskered sea lions that lounge by the water's edge, gulping down fish. Now a series of sea-lion attacks on people in recent months has led experts to warn that the animals are not as cute and cuddly as they appear. "People should understand these animals are out there not to attack people or...

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,...

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...

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.

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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