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Seals Are Scientists' Little Helpers For Collecting Ocean Data

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Instrumented elephant seal

An elephant seal from the Kerguelen islands with a logger device attached to his head, just before his departure back to sea.

Credit: C. Guinet (CEBC/Chize, France)

In recruiting a research team, some scientists would do well to include a few seals. Over the past ten years, around 350 of these blubbery mammals—mostly elephant seals, but also Weddell and crabeater seals—have been outfitted as data-collecting helpers in the Southern Ocean.

From Smithsonian magazine
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