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Elephant seals join fight against climate change

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Elephant seals swimming under Antarctic ice and fitted with special sensors are providing scientists with crucial data on ice formation, ocean currents and climate change. The seals swimming under winter sea ice have overcome a “blind-spot” for… read more “Elephant seals join fight against climate change”

Elephant Seals: Data Collectors for Polar Oceans

Most of us turn to the weather channel, or the app on our phones to find out the forecast for the week, but where do these predictions stem from? Many of these forecasts are made possible by the analyses of… read more “Elephant Seals: Data Collectors for Polar Oceans”

Do Weddell Seals have an Internal GPS?

Weddell seals have biological adaptations that allow them to dive deep–as much as of hundreds of meters–while hunting, but also an uncanny ability to find the breathing holes they need on the surface of the ice. Now, researchers supported by… read more “Do Weddell Seals have an Internal GPS?”

Are Marine Mammals Adapting to Avoid Humans?

Remarkable ocean research shows us that certain whale and seal species are reaching new depths and breaking records by diving so far away from the surface that experts are shocked that they can even survive the pressure. Some animals like… read more “Are Marine Mammals Adapting to Avoid Humans?”

Do City Birds Outlive Country Birds?

Researchers at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have found four bird species living in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region that survive longer than those living in rural settings. The study was led by the Migratory Bird Center using the Smithsonian’s… read more “Do City Birds Outlive Country Birds?”