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This Weddell Seal pup is playing peek-a-boo! (

Weddell Seals!

 Do you like going out at night and making a lot of noise?  Like eating fish and shrimp?  Can you hold your breath for an hour 2000 feet under the ocean?  Well, you can if you’re a Weddell seal!  These seals were named for Captain James Weddell, an Antarctic explorer who wrote about them in the 1820’s.  Weddell seals are not actively hunted, although their dependence on Antarctic krill means that their numbers may soon decline. Scientists, including those on this research cruise, are studying changes in the amount of krill in the Southern Ocean.

You can listen to a Weddell Seal by clicking here:

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