Seal Pup Kisses
Seal Pup Kisses — Seriously...how ridiculously cute is this? We saw this photo of Weddell seals, taken by our own William Link, and just couldn't hold back from sharing it with you!
The Weddell seal population of Erebus Bay, Antarctica has been extensively studied for over 40 years; the study is one of the longest running studies of a long-lived mammal. Because of its isolation, this population is undisturbed by human activities. The Weddell seal population is healthy and stable, and thus gives a good example for studies of animal population dynamics. In recent years USGS scientists William Link and James Nichols have collaborated with Jay Rotella of Montana State University, conducting mathematical modeling to address fundamental demographic and ecological questions including marking and weighing newborn seal pups.