A harbor seal's whiskers are as good at detecting fish as echolocating dolphins, new research shows. Harbor seals of glacier bay learn about the fascinating harbor seal research taking place in glacier bay national park join local middle school students in a question and answer session with seal researcher jamie womble. Center for coastal studies seal research cape cod seals cape cod seals nmfs permit no 775-1600-10 the word pinniped (fin footed) refers to animals of like appearance, not relatedness harbor seals (phoca vitulina) and gray seals. Harbor seal facts pacific harbor seals are the most common marine mammal in puget sound, and their populations are healthy seals share a common ancestor with dogs and bears and have upper and lower arms and legs concealed within their skin.
Information about harbor seal research projects conducted by the alaska department of fish and game. Lesions and behavior associated with forced copulation of juvenile pacific harbor seals (phoca vitulina richardsi) by monterey bay aquarium, sea otter research and conservation, 886 cannery row, monterey, ca 93940, usa 4. Marine wildlife exposure as top marine predators region-wide body of contaminants data in harbor seals and commercially important marine fish stocks from maine to the institute received a citation of recognition from the the 123rd maine state legislature for seals as sentinels research. Harbor seal conservation & research the us marine mammal protection act (mmpa) the us marine mammal protection act (mmpa) of 1972 made it illegal to hunt or harass any marine mammal, including seals, in us waters. Research on harbor seals in lake iliamna freshwater harbor seals of lake iliamna, alaska reopening of comment period on fine-scaled stock structure of harbor seals in alaska comment period through october 22, 2002 67 fr 54792, august 26, 2002.
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A new mit study has delved into harbor seals' ability to sense and follow prey with impressive accuracy the research involved building a large scale version of the little antennas, and the results could prove useful for man-made sensors. Antarctic ecosystem research environmental research fisheries ecology fisheries resources harbor seals (phoca vitulina harbor seal numbers have declined dramatically in some areas over the past few decades while abundance has increased or remained stable in other areas over similar.
Harbor seal research conducted by the alaska department of fish and game. Methylmercury, the predominant form of mercury found in the blood of marine mammals and fish-eating communities, could be more damaging to seals than has previously been thought new research shows that mehg harms t-lymphocytes, key cells in a seal's immune system similar results were also. The national marine mammal laboratory (nmml) conducts research on marine mammals important to the mission of the national marine fisheries service (nmfs) and the national oceanic & atmospheric administration (noaa), with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of. Seal research at nefsc the psb seal research program is focused on harbor seal and gray seal ecology, principally in new england (maine to new york) waters. The national marine mammal laboratory and the marine mammal center with logistical support from the us fish and wildlife service conducted a research project on harbor seals on adak island this study is the first of its kind on harbor seals in the aleutian islands.