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Here is how animals survive beneath the thick ice of the Antarctic

There are a number of amazing things about this video, including the absolutely breathtaking close-ups of a jellyfish that lives in the strange world beneath the thick ice that covers the waters around the Antarctic. What's truly incredible is that one of these divers is the brilliant composer and musician Henry… » 11/28/12 3:53pm 11/28/12 3:53pm

When seals strike back against the fishing industry

Sweden's grey seal was once terribly endangered, its population thinned almost to nothing in the 1970s from pollution and hunting in the Baltic Sea. But then the seal population began to bounce back in the 1980s. And today, in the coastal waters off Sweden, there is a pitched battle going on between the restored… » 4/02/12 1:40pm 4/02/12 1:40pm

This incredible Antarctic seal's call sounds like Pink Floyd and…

Humpback whale songs are absolutely haunting, but here's a marine mammal whose call is even more alien. This is the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii), an Antarctic pinniped whose vocalizations both underwater and top side resemble ambient techno. These pulses and chirps have territorial and mating functions and… » 1/31/12 7:20am 1/31/12 7:20am

How quickly do seals' and sea lions' whiskers grow?

In order to clear any doubts regarding the comparative growth rates of the whiskers of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus), researchers at the Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Mystic Aquarium, CT, U.S.A. performed a series of experiments in 2001.… » 8/20/11 9:00am 8/20/11 9:00am