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News Release 99-007

Video and Data Links Provide "Seal's Eye View" of the World

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Graph of Weddell seal swimming path

The swimming path of a 10-minute, 20-second dive during which a Weddell seal made contact with an Antarctic cod. The solid circle marks the breathing hole and the star marks the point of contact between the seal and the fish. The total distance travelled was 760 meters.

Credit: NSF


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Seal blowing air out of its nostrils into crevices in the sub-ice platelet layer

A seal blowing air out of its nostrils and into crevices in the sub-ice platelet layer where two fish are hiding.

Credit: Photos Credit: courtesy of Randall Davis and Lee Fuiman

 

Fish darts past side of seal's head

Moments after the seal finishes blowing air, one of the fish is flushed out and darts past the right side of the seal's head.

Credit: Photos Credit: courtesy of Randall Davis and Lee Fuiman

 

Weddell seal equipped with camera and data recorder

A Weddell seal, equipped with camera and data recorder, surfaces at a breathing hole, with a fish in its mouth.

Credit: Photos Credit: courtesy of Randall Davis and Lee Fuiman


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