Little Krampus was only six months old when our Monterey Bay response team rescued him last year. The starving fur seal had hoisted himself on to a rock at a local park. But like most northern fur seals, Krampus was feisty and gave our team members a run for their money! Swipe 👈 to see Krampus all tuckered out at our triage center in Monterey and then big and healthy after a few months of care at our hospital in Sausalito. We hope you're doing well back in the wild, Krampus! (3rd photo by Bill Hunnewell) #NorthernFurSeal#FurSeal#TBT#ThrowbackThursday#AnimalRescue#TMMC
I couldn't keep this little lady all to myself. It would be a crime not to share the cuteness. She has one eye and personality that resonates through the glass divider. I could have stayed the whole day playing with her 💕 Seal fact! They're endangered due to first-hunting (they've been on the protected species list since the early 1900s) and now due to not having access to proper food. #education#northernfurseal#endangeredspecies#themoreyouknow 🌈 #homeschool#learning
I studied the feeding ecology and habitat associations of northern fur seal pups from Bering Island, Russia as my PhD Thesis. These pups are weaned around 4 months old and leave their natal beaches to live at sea for about 2 years before returning to their natal shores. With no parental care and a steep learning curve on learning to hunt on their own, it is thought that these young animals face high mortality rates that could impact entire population trends. We used satellite tags and stomach temperature telemeters to see where the seal pups went and how often they were eating. The idea was to compare the behavior from this population of seals in a healthy population in Russia to the behavior of pups from the declining population on The Pribilof Islands which were being studied by another research group. Unfortunately the tags did not transmit for more than 8 months and many stopped transmitting after 2 months, but it was striking to see how far and wide these young ones would go.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph the rehab of a northern fur seal pup wounded by entanglement from a balloon string. It would have died if it hadn’t been found almost strangled in an RV Park. One of the coolest things I’ve seen in my life, but also the saddest. Be conscious of where your trash goes. Grateful we (@oregoncoastaquarium) could save this little guy. #saveouroceans#plastickills#oregoncoast
Northern Fur Sea pups, safe from sea lions and orcas, play in a shallow cove beside this rookery in the Bering Sea. The pups showed no fear to me —a clumsy, finless oaf swimming in slow motion and hovering in place. I floated, watching the grace and energy of these months-old pinnipeds at play off an island coast as autumn sun pierced the 38° water’s surface and danced across the churned sea floor. Stay tuned for the last frames where you can see water inside the lens port obscuring the shot. This happened after sand wedged into my camera housing between the back and the frame, eventually allowing water to follow in after it and flood the camera. (#alwaysinsured )
I was extremely spoiled rotten the other day and got the chance to go behind the scenes at the aquarium! 🐠🦀🦈 I met Tikva, the incredibly smart Northern fur seal, who gave me a smooch 💋 I was smitten! Next, I spent time with an Aquarist who showed me Mystique, the friendly giant Pacific octopus 🐙. I got to hand fed her and be 'hugged' by her! Then we gave little Hardy and his 5 sea otter friends some ice treats and watched them play with them and smash them to bits!❄ Finally, Helen, the Pacific white-sided dolphin 🐬, swam right up next to me and gave me a little blow! I had to remind myself to breath again, I was so caught up in the moment! Being amoungt the sea life makes my heart gleam with happiness! 💖
It's so relieving to know that some of the animals on our planet who have struggled due to pollution or human intervention, like Scuna, the green sea turtle, have somewhere so amazing to live and be happy since many of them are now disabled and would not survive in the wild🌎
- A huge thank you to the staff there who were all very welcoming and beyond inspirational!
Northern Fur Seals are native to coastal Western Canada as well as the US state of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. They can also be found in Eastern Russia and Northern Japan. These animals are classed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN and their population trend is decreasing. Back in the 18th century, the species were threatened by the commercial harvesting of animal fur, but eventually commercial harvesting ended because of treaties and agreements. Nowadays, the main factor contributing to their population decline are overfishing, entanglement, and oil spill. Scientists at UBC are working with the Vancouver Aquarium to study the feeding behavior of the northern fur seals so that in the near future, fishing activities in the Pacific Northwest can be properly and sustainably managed and the northern fur seals population can also be protected.
This photo was taken at the Vancouver Aquarium and the seal in the photo is one of the eight rescued fur seals.
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