Navigation Links
Seal bulls in the service of science
Date:6/2/2010

Bremerhaven, 2nd June, 2010. "Gustavo" is an imposing bull always in search of the best feeding grounds. The elephant seal weighing 3 tons and measuring 4 metres in length belongs to a group of 14 animals that serve researchers of the Alfred Wegener Institute as scientific assistants since recently. At the beginning of the Antarctic winter from mid-March to the end of April the mighty elephant seal bulls were tagged with state-of-the-art satellite transmitters at the Dallmann Laboratory on King George Island. In the coming months marine biologists Dr. Joachim Pltz and Dr. Horst Bornemann can now follow from their desk in Bremerhaven where the animals migrate, where they find prey at what depth and under what oceanographic conditions the food supply is exceptionally good in the Southern Ocean.

"We have just returned from the Antarctic Peninsula and still have fresh impressions of the incredible experience when you have numerous elephant seal bulls with their loud deep roar in front of you and imagine attaching a satellite transmitter the size of your palm to some of these huge creatures," Joachim Pltz describes a not entirely everyday situation even for the experienced seal researcher. Every year from March to April the males of the only reproduction colony of the Southern elephant seal in the Antarctic come to the South Shetland Islands, a group that also includes King George Island, for moulting. The scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association took advantage of this narrow time window to furnish some of the animals with transmitters that operate using the satellite-aided ARGOS location system. Once moulting is over after three weeks, the bulls go back to their migratory life and do not return to land until six months later to mate with the females in the Antarctic spring.

During the annual migrations to their oceanic feeding grounds elephant seals cover thousands of kilometres.
'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Joachim Ploetz
Joachim.Ploetz@awi.de
49-471-483-11309
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. M2SYS Partners With Gnosis Medical Services to Provide Accurate Patient Identification in Developing Countries Through Innovative Biometrics Solution
2. Michael A. Betts, Seasoned Financial Services Executive, Joins CIC Board of Directors
3. Anthony S. Fauci awarded Lasker Award for Public Service
4. Michael A. Betts, Seasoned Financial Services Executive, Joins CIC Board of Directors
5. ESA to provide essential launch control services to EUMETSAT
6. Secure Services Corp. Achieves Milestone in United States Identity Protection with the Launch of the SSC SHAPE Card Management Solution
7. Space technology put into service for global water resources observations
8. New study finds biodiversity conservation secures ecosystem services for people
9. Forest Service launches Web-based forest threats viewing tool
10. Valuing ocean services in the Gulf of Maine -- New approaches for conflict resolution
11. US EPA, UVMs Gund Institute team up to develop new ways to understand ecosystem services
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Seal bulls in the service of science
(Date:7/23/2014)... Canada has issued a high health risk warning for ... the region due to forest fires. In the ... drifting eastward along normal wind patterns. Fire is ... from fires is not quite so obvious and its ... type of fire (forest, brush, crop, structure, tires, waste ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... Migratory songbirds are disappearing, and though conservationists are ... of habitat, acid rain and light pollution, a key ... these birds go once they leave their breeding sites, ... way? , To answer this question, a team of ... ever migratory connectivity map produced for a songbird, using ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... million people around the world have no access to ... (WHO), 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases every ... of making a contribution to solving this problem. Working ... head of the Functional Materials Laboratory, the 23-year-old spent ... prototype. , "What makes our DrinkPure filter unique is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):York University researchers use bird 'backpacks' to put wood thrushes migration on the map 2ETH student develops filter for clean water around the world 2
... of the American Indian announced that it has ... the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by ... Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation,s preeminent ... high-performance green buildings. "This achievement not only ...
... new $13.75 million project that will apply data ... environmental factors behind neuropsychiatric disorders. The Sylvio ... the University of Chicago, will combine the statistical ... record databases to confront diseases that have so ...
... 2011Measurable changes in brain function and communication between brain ... the early stages of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. ... detailed in an article in the groundbreaking new neuroscience ... peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc ...
Cached Biology News:National Museum of the American Indian awarded prestigious LEED Green Building Certification 2New data-mining effort launched to study mental disorders 2New data-mining effort launched to study mental disorders 3Changes in brain function in early HIV infection: A reliable indicator of disease prognosis? 2
(Date:7/24/2014)... 2014 WIRB-Copernicus Group ® ("WCG")™, ... review services for clinical research, announced today that ... of Richmond, VA -based Alliance ... biosecurity consulting firm in the United ... division – WCG Biosafety™ – will be able ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Canada (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 The ... Optimizing Dose Escalation in First in Human Studies” will ... make better go/no-go decisions. , With increasing R&D costs ... pharmaceutical companies need to maximize the knowledge collected in ... decisions and improve success in late stage development. , ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... 24, 2014  Spherix Incorporated (SPEX) -- an intellectual ... of intellectual property, today announced that the Company will ... 30, 2014 on Monday, August 18, 2014 for shareholders. ... ET on Monday, August 18, 2014 to discuss the ... company,s CEO, Anthony Hayes . Following ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... 24, 2014 As part of the ... in the MENA region during 2014 with potential global ... provider agreement with DZS to manage our clinical trials ... Global VP of R&D and President of SBI pharmaceuticals ... operational practices with a focus on utilizing eClinical software ...
Breaking Biology Technology:WIRB-Copernicus Group Announces Acquisition of Alliance Biosciences; Executives Join WCG Biosafety Division 2WIRB-Copernicus Group Announces Acquisition of Alliance Biosciences; Executives Join WCG Biosafety Division 3Best Practices for Optimizing Dose Escalation in First in Human Studies, New Webinar August 6th Hosted by Xtalks 2Spherix Schedules Shareholder Update Call 2SBI Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. Enters into Preferred Provider Agreement with DZS Clinical Services 2
... simple surface treatment technique demonstrated by a collaboration between ... (NIST), Penn State and the University of Kentucky potentially ... of organic electronic transistors on polymer sheets for a ... and flexible sheets of biosensor arrays for field diagnostics. ...
... ALTO, Calif., Feb. 19 Telik, Inc.,(Nasdaq: TELK ... will,be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 4:30 ... earlier that day of the company,s,financial results for the ... The conference call will be accessible via Telik,s website ...
... Kensey Nash Corporation,(Nasdaq: KNSY ) is ... Conference at the Mission Bay Conference Center in ... G. Evans, Kensey Nash,s Chief Operating Officer, will ... (PT). The,presentation materials will be available on the ...
Cached Biology Technology:Directed self-ordering of organic molecules for electronic devices 2
Human plasmacytoid dendritic cells, BDCA-4+, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Peripheral Blood Dendritic Cells and EPCs...
Umbilical cord blood basophils, For immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
Human peripheral blood CD8+ T cells, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Peripheral Blood PBMC and T Cells...
Umbilical cord blood CD4+ T cells, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Umbilical Cord Blood MNCs and T Cells...
Biology Products: