Video 5: Seals and the Scientists Who Study Them

The combination of intimate portraits of seal mothers and pups, and the researchers who study them, provides a fascinating window on the key principles of adaptation to extreme conditions through natural selection, and the research process.

  •  "Seal Survival Strategies" paints portraits of the four most common species of seals found in Antarctica: Elephant seals, Leopard seals, Fur seals, and Weddell seals.

  •  "The 'Sealheads'" documents the daily life of the enthusiastic young researchers who spend months on thick sea ice atop 2,000 feet of ocean near Big Razorback Island.
  •  "Learning to be a Weddell." Researchers Jennifer Moss and Mike Castellini study young Weddell seals to learn more about some of this species' more successful adaptations-some of which may provide important insights on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in humans.
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