Sea mammals find US safe harbor
(Phys.org) —In 1972, a U.S. Senate committee reported, "Many of the great whales which once populated the oceans have now dwindled to the edge of extinction," due to commercial hunting. The committee also ...
Swedes mystified by seal pup found in forest
A seal pup was found in a forest in eastern Sweden on Sunday almost six kilometres (four miles) from the closest body of open water, raising questions as to how it got there, Swedish media reported.
For polar bears, it's survival of the fattest
One of the most southerly populations of polar bears in the world – and the best studied – is struggling to cope with climate-induced changes to sea ice, new research reveals. Based on over 10 years' ...
Researchers find new source for cold ocean water abyssal layer
WTO meets to review EU seal products ban
The World Trade Organisation on Monday held its first hearing on the EU's contested ban against the sale of seal products, a decision opposed by both Norway and Canada.
New study shows small cookiecutter shark feeds on flesh of great white
(Phys.org)—Researchers have discovered the great white shark, one of the most feared ocean predators, can occasionally become prey for the mysterious cookiecutter shark, a lone predator one-tenth its size.
Camera on Maine island streams gray seal video
A camera that records seal-pupping activities on a remote Maine island has begun live streaming in what is believed to be the first live camera installed on an East Coast seal-pupping site.
Researchers team up with some 'locals' in Greenland to study rising sea levels
David Holland, a professor in NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been studying changes in the sea level off the coast of Greenland for years. His work involves collecting data on glacier formation, then ...
Robot captures life, litter in the Gowanus with the help of citizen scientists
As NYU-Poly associate professor of mechanical engineering Maurizio Porfiri and assistant professor of technology management Oded Nov launched their submersible robot, Brooklyn Atlantis 1, into the polluted Gowanus Canal, ...
Study looks at gray seal impact on beach water quality
(Phys.org)—Scientists from the newly created Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium (NASRC) are using data collected by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to investigate whether seals ...
Computerised 'mug-shots' provide a 'who's who?' of seals
(Phys.org)—A new computerised photo-ID system is helping scientists monitor and track the grey seal population in the UK and beyond.
Seals gamble with their pups' futures
Some grey seal mums adopt risky tactics when it comes to the future of their young, a strategy that can give their pup a real advantage, according to scientists.
Greenland's viking settlers gorged on seals
Greenland's viking settlers, the Norse, disappeared suddenly and mysteriously from Greenland about 500 years ago. Natural disasters, climate change and the inability to adapt have all been proposed as theories ...
Swiss Army Knife teeth secret to seal's success
Biologists have shown how an advanced set of teeth give Antarctic leopard seals the biological tools to feast on prey of all sizes, from penguins to tiny krill.