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Changing science one seal at a time

Changing science one seal at a time

BlogCover Seal2Preparing to release an instrumented seal through the floor of a hut. Credit: Lee Fuiman.Dr. Lee Fuiman and his research team continue their work on Weddell Seals in the Antarctic. They are currently camped on the frozen Ross Sea to conduct experiments to understand how Weddell seals navigate through sometimes extremely dark water to find critical holes in the ice to breathe. Dr. Fuiman tells us they are making progress on the research. "Despite unpredictable and nasty weather, we have completed work with one seal and have two others in the works" he said. 


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Small Fuiman Searching for an instrumented seal 2015The researchers use VHF radio receivers to find the seals. Credit: Lee Fuiman.


Small Fuiman Drifting snow at Hole 3 2015Strong winds have piled up snow around the three camps. Dr. Fuiman says that the drifts have grown even more since this photo was taken. Credit: Lee Fuiman.

The multi-year project is being conducted at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The project is a collaboration with colleagues at Texas A&M University – Galveston, University of California – Santa Cruz, and the University of Auckland.

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