The Wildlife Trusts, which comprises 46 individual wildlife trusts around the country, reports record numbers of more than 800 sightings of whales, dolphins and seals in the waters of the United Kingdom in 2019.Read more
When a tourist boat carrying curious tourists approaches a seal colony with the sole purpose of observing them in the wild, the seals won’t know of their well-meaning intentions.
All the seals would see are potential predators.Read more
A study has confirmed that seals feeding on cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea would not adversely affect the fish population, as much as man-made causes like climate change, nutrient load and fisheries would.Read more
Through a chain of events, more and more fur seal pups risk dying from hookworm infections as a result of rising ocean temperatures.
This is the conclusion in a study recently published in the eLife journal.Read more
As a result of climate change, the sea ice in west Antarctica will melt and this is expected to cause the sea level to rise by up to 3.2 metres.Read more
Being a seal swimming in the ocean surrounded by great white sharks is definitely stressful. In a three-year study, researchers sought to find out whether living in high-stress conditions can have an impact on the seal population.Read more
Researchers have discovered that it is more efficient to use drones to study leopard seals, compared to the traditional method of physically catching them.Read more
After studying an elephant seal colony in Año Nuevo State Park, California for several years, scientists from the Université de Lyon/Saint-Etienne in France discovered that the seals were able to identify individual members of the colony based onRead more
Technologies like drones, thermal images and Google Earth helped scientists obtain an accurate picture of the population of gray seals to the New England and eastern Canadian coasts.Read more
According to previous studies, male Steller sea lions tend to disperse more than their female counterparts. However, we know relatively little about the habits of the females.Read more
Seals are able to locate flatfish hiding in the sand at the bottom of the sea. This is true even if the seawater is murky and visibility is low.Read more
During their molting season, the concentration of methyl mercury in the seawater at Año Nuevo State Reserve was 17 times higher than normal. Scientists then found the toxin inside the shedded skin and hair that had been taken for analysis.Read more