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A leopard seal on ice

This is a colour photograph of a leopard seal ('Hydrurga leptonyx') lying on an ice floe. The seal is long and sinuous, and has a small head and a dark grey dorsal surface with a lighter grey underbelly. The seal has recently eaten, and blood from its kill can be seen on the ice.

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Seals help climate research

Discover how seals are helping scientists study Antarctica, polar regions, oceans and climate change. Scientists use Weddell and southern elephant seals to gather data and monitor the way currents move heat around the world's oceans.

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Weddell seals: how close is too close?

Australian scientists are trying to find out how human contact affects the stress levels of Antarctica's Weddell seals. But how do these very large mammals show signs of stress? Check out the observations made and data collected for this study of animal behaviour.

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The Circle: biology

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations to the environment such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food ...

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The Circle: the frozen laboratory

Explore how Antarctic plants and animals are adapted to life in a polar environment. Look at species descriptions of animals such as penguins, whales and krill. Examine specific adaptations such as the dense feathers and layers of body fat of the emperor penguin. Compare feeding pathways within a food web. Explore the geological ...

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Siege of the South, 1931: Macquarie Island

This black-and-white clip shows the landing at Macquarie Island during the 1929 British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) to Antarctica led by Australian geologist Sir Douglas Mawson. The scientific team leave their ship, the Discovery, in the bay and travel by launch to the breakers where ...

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Southern fur seal and giant petrel

This colour image is a photograph of a southern fur seal ('Arctocephalus gazella') eating a penguin, with a northern giant petrel ('Macronectes halli') taking off close by. The fur seal is dark grey and its face resembles that of a large dog. The petrel is grey-brown with a mottled pale head and breast.

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Animal Olympians: seal

This is a colour clip showing the diving abilities of a sperm whale ('Physeter macrocephalus'), elephant seals ('Mirounga spp') and Weddell seals ('Leptonychotes weddellii'). It is a very short clip that includes above-surface and underwater footage of each species. The narrator discusses the depths each species can dive ...

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Subantarctic fur seal skull

This is a colour photograph of the internal skull of a subantarctic fur seal ('Arctocephalus tropicalis'). This museum specimen displays two components of the skull: the braincase with fused rostrum and the lower jaw. This image has a pale background and includes a black scale line representing 5 cm. (Classification - Phylum: ...

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Southern elephant seal skull

This is a colour photograph of the internal skull of a southern elephant seal ('Mirounga leonina'). This museum specimen displays two components of the skull: the braincase with fused rostrum and the lower jaw. This image has a pale background and includes a black scale line representing 5 cm. (Classification - Phylum: ...

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Sea lion sickness

This is a video resource about a neurotoxin, produced by an alga, that can cause sickness in both sea lions and humans. The video explains that the Marine Mammal Center has identified 'Pseudo-nitzschia' as an alga that produces domoic acid - a potent neurotoxin - which passes along the food chain into fish and sometimes ...

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Climate Seals

This five and a half minute video segment form Catalyst outlines how scientist are utilising two species of seals to obtain temperature and salinity profiles from below the ice. This is helping scientists to find answers to questions about ocean circulation that cannot be addressed by robotic sensors.

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Classroom Antarctica: Antarctic animal life cycles

This is a learning sequence exploring the life cycles of six Antarctic animals and comparing their life stages and development. A story plan template is provided to guide the creation of student stories. The activities are supported by resources sourced from the Australian Antarctic Divisions' scientific and environmental ...