Harp Seals http://wunc.org en Baby Harp Seals On Thin Ice http://wunc.org/post/baby-harp-seals-thin-ice <p><a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0068779">A new study from Duke</a> has found that as sea ice cover declines off the coast of eastern Canada, harp seal pups are suffering from a higher rate of strandings than their parents. It’s the first study of seal stranding rates that takes into account genetics, as well as environmental and demographic factors like age and gender. &nbsp;Duke research scientist David Johnston says that genetic fitness does not affect the rate of stranding.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 19490 at http://wunc.org Baby Harp Seals On Thin Ice Harp Seals Dying as Ice Shrinks http://wunc.org/post/harp-seals-dying-ice-shrinks <p>Warmer temperatures in the North Atlantic over the last several decades have resulted in significantly higher mortality rates of baby harp seals. A new study out of Duke looked at satellite data of ice conditions in the Gulf of St Lawrence, a major breeding region and compared them to yearly reports of dead seal pups that washed up on shore. Lead researcher David Johnston is a scientist at the Duke University Marine Lab:</p><p><br><strong>David Johnston:&nbsp;</strong> These animals have evolved to take advantage of the advan tages of ephemeral surfaces like ice.</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 22:18:00 +0000 Catherine Brand 3607 at http://wunc.org Harp Seals Dying as Ice Shrinks Arctic Seals Found On North Carolina Coast http://wunc.org/post/arctic-seals-found-north-carolina-coast <p></p><p>Several adult harp seals have been spotted along the North Carolina coast. Harp seals normally live in icy regions in the Arctic and Canada. Small populations have been moving down the East Coast in recent years, but this is the furthest south the seals have been spotted. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:00:00 +0000 WUNC News 9268 at http://wunc.org Arctic Seals Found On North Carolina Coast