A sealing boat is dwarfed by a passenger ferry as it makes its way through heavy ice in North Sydney, N.S., in March 2009.
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The sealing industry has evolved but the EU’s ban on seal imports has contributed to the enduring cultural violence experienced by Canadian sealers.
One-third of the world’s grey seals now live the UK’s waters.
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Grey seals are now common in the UK – but their status remains fragile.
The edge of the Thwaites Glacier extends into the Amundsen Sea in western Antarctica.
If and when the Thwaites Glacier melts, it will result in nearly 0.6 metres of sea level rise, but it holds back another three metres of sea level rise lurking within the Antarctic continent. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
A study suggests that the best practice is to eat the muscle, heart, and liver from weaned seals that are less than six weeks old.
Choose the meat, liver and heart of young grey seals (less than six weeks old) and apply standard sanitary measures when handling seals and their products.
Ancestors of modern-day Cape fur seals left distinctive fossil traces thanks partly to their flippers.
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The fossilised seal traces date back about 75,000 years.
Scenes like this one are becoming increasingly common in the Arctic.
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Polar bears are increasingly seeking sustenance in human trash because of melting sea ice and a loss of hunting opportunities. The result is a rise in human-bear conflict – and dead bears.
Squirrel rattle calls may be a form of announcing their presence.
North American red squirrels produce a range of sounds, but their distinctive rattle call may have more to do with identifying themselves than warning off other squirrels.
Great white sharks are not normally thought of as social creatures.
Researchers have discovered that great white sharks are more social than previously thought. Using specialized tags, they tracked six sharks and found that some stay close to each other when hunting.
The industry says the deterrent is necessary, but evidence suggests the devices pose a significant threat to some marine life, including maiming and killing seals.
A harp seal pup on pack ice, Quebec, Canada.
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Sealing is a more complicated issue than successful protests against it would suggest.
Ancient climate change doomed the monk seals that lived in Australian waters millions of years ago.
New research combines cutting-edge engineering with animal behaviour to explain the origins of efficient swimming in nature’s underwater acrobats: seals and sea lions.
Female elephant seals take seven-month feeding trips during which they balance danger, starvation and exhaustion.
By measuring how and when elephant seals sleep, researchers were able to figure out how elephant seals change their risk-taking behavior as they gain weight.
Scientist and seal, under the Antarctic ice.
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Microphones on the seafloor recorded life under the Antarctic ice for two years – inadvertently catching seal trills and chirps that are above the range of human hearing. Could they be for navigation?
Superstition or wishful thinking could trick you into thinking you saw one of these mythical creatures.
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Mermaids are not real, but are meaningful to people around the world.
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This newly discovered ancient monk seal is challenging previous theories about how and where monachine seals evolved. It’s the biggest breakthrough in seal evolution research in about 70 years.
Researchers are looking into why around 5,000 Cape fur seals were found dead on Namibia's coast.
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Our new research has more than doubled the known fossil record of seals in Australia.
King Penguins at sea.
This study provides the first evidence that penguins emit sounds underwater when they hunt.
Clapping underwater takes real strength. But wild grey seals can do it, to warn off competitors and attract potential mates.