Harbor seals on the shores of Scotland have rapidly declined by 65 percent between 2001 and 2010. With the reduction currently at 90 percent, recent studies show that a toxin produced by algae is behind this strange mortality rate, all thanks to GPS technology.
The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has strongly reversed a lower court ruling in 2014 that questioned the enlistment of sea ice seals as threatened species, emphasizing that such may happen considering climate change.
Polar bears have taken the most drastic hit from the melting Arctic sea ice due to climate change as they find it hard to catch food for survival.
Researchers recently discovered harmful algae toxins in Alaskan whales, walruses, sea lions, seals, porpoises and sea otters. Their findings represent a staggering northward expansion of such toxins, although (for what it is worth) they have not yet reached concentrations harmful to human health.
MIT researchers have figured out how seals use their unique whiskers to track prey and navigate.
Using a new, specialized net, a team of researchers recently collected polar cod (Boreogadus saida) from their icy homes in order to better understand the fishes' large-scale distribution and origin as well as the predators that feed on them.
North Carolina, where seals were rarely seen years ago, now has a colony or two. New England and California seal colonies are both up in number.
A seal riding atop a humpback whale – like this photo from Eden, New South Wales, shows illustrates an extremely rare occurence but other animals routinely help each other out.
Researchers believe that if polar bears end up marooned on land, they could eke out a living on alternative food sources. A recent study looked at those sources.
Antarctic fur seal pups listen for their certain qualities in their mother's vocal signature in order to correctly identify them in dense colonies.
Columbia University researchers recently discovered a hepatitis A-like virus in seals off New England's coast.
For the first time ever, scientists have witnessed polar bears eating white-beaked dolphins in the Arctic, and they claim it's the bizarre result of climate change.
After sustaining an injury in the wild, Lily the gray seal was successfully rehabilitated at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and just recently released back into the ocean with a clean bill of health.
Scientists are still working to figure out how various noise pollution affects marine animals, and now new research suggests that the building of wind turbines may be putting the hearing of UK harbor seals at risk.
As climate change melts Arctic sea ice and forces polar bears onto steady shores, it seems that they will have to adapt to a new diet. However, it is highly unlikely that these animals will be able to survive strictly on land-based foods, according to a new study.