Training Arctic Seals to Save Ice-Dependent Species

Since 2015, researchers at the Alaska SeaLife Center and Long Marine Lab University of California Santa Cruz have collaborated on the Physiology and Health of Cooperating Arctic Seals (PHOCAS) research program. Through this joint effort, scientists work with and study the largest population of captive ice-dependent seals in the world, in order to obtain valuable information about the biology and physiology of these unique and important species.  Some seals involved in this study are in California, while others are right here at the ASLC!

“We’re doing this project to try to better understand how ice seals live in the world and how these animals will be affected by loss of ice in the arctic” – Dr. Colleen Reichmuth.

Learn more about the types of information the crew is gathering and how this information can help Arctic ice seals in a new awesome video from the Long Marnie Lab team.


US National Marine Fisheries Service, Permit 18902

Written By: Dr. Amy Bishop

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