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Ancestral seal hunting happened at the edge of the Sít Tlein (Hubbard) glacier. Emily Kearney-Williams © Smithsonian Institution

Scientists and Indigenous leaders team up to conserve seals and an ancestral way of life at Yakutat, Alaska

Collaborative research by archaeologists, environmental scientists and tribal elders combines science and Indigenous knowledge to tell the story of centuries of life at a glacier’s edge.
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. (Pierre-Yves Daoust)

What you should know about eating grey seal meat and products from the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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.
Female elephant seals take seven-month feeding trips during which they balance danger, starvation and exhaustion. Dan Costa

Risk versus reward on the high seas – skinny elephant seals trade safety for sustenance

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.
Jaime Bran/Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Scientists thought these seals evolved in the north. 3-million-year-old fossils from New Zealand suggest otherwise

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.

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