Facial recognition can help conserve seals, scientists sayNovember 23, 2022 GMT
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Facial recognition technology is mostly associated with uses such as surveillance and the authentication of human faces, but scientists believe they've found a new use for it — saving seals.
Wily seal that cruised to pond surrenders at police stationSeptember 23, 2022 GMT
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — A gray seal that wandered into a Massachusetts pond and evaded authorities’ attempts to capture him turned himself in Friday after waddling up to the local police station.
The gray seal first appeared earlier this month in Shoe Pond in the city of Beverly, northeast of Boston.
Swimmer injured by Hawaiian monk seal with pup in WaikikiJuly 26, 2022 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — A swimmer at a beach in Waikiki was injured this weekend after encountering an endangered Hawaiian monk seal with a young pup.
Hawaii Marine Animal Response, a nonprofit conservation organization that helps monitor protected species, said their workers witnessed a swimmer come into contact with the mother monk seal known as Rocky on Sunday morning.
‘Unusual’: Feds investigate seal deaths linked to avian fluJuly 20, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deaths of dozens of seals off the coast of Maine has been deemed an “unusual mortality event,” sparking a federal investigation into strandings that appear linked to avian influenza.
High number of seal deaths linked to bird flu, feds sayJuly 5, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An unusual number of seals are becoming stranded and dying off Maine this summer, and avian influenza is to blame, the federal government said Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that samples from four Maine seals tested positive for the virus.
Alaska tribe nominates Pribilof Islands area for sanctuaryJune 8, 2022 GMT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native tribe has nominated for consideration as a national marine sanctuary an area around the Pribilof Islands that supports Stellar sea lions, northern fur seals and other marine life.
Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population highest in decadesMay 6, 2022 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — The population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals has surpassed a level not seen in more than two decades, according to federal officials.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials this week said that the seal population has steadily increased over the past two years.
Cops corral slippery seal on jaunt through Long Island townApril 3, 2022 GMT
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A wayward seal has been captured after an early morning foray through a Long Island, New York, town.
Police in Southampton said they received a call at approximately 6:30 a.m.
Aquarium provides tips for people who spot seal pupsFebruary 6, 2022 GMT
WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — It's seal pup season, and the Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program has some tips for people who spot the animals along the shores of Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Pups, after nursing for three to four weeks after birth, begin to learn how to survive on their own, a crucial period for their transition into adulthood, the aquarium said in a statement.
Seal skips ocean, makes home 100 miles up Hudson RiverJanuary 6, 2022 GMT
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A juvenile harbor seal has forgone life in the ocean, instead choosing a home nearly 100 miles up the Hudson River — behavior that wildlife officials called “unprecedented.”
The animal was likely abandoned as a pup by his mother in Maine, officials say.
Endangered Hawaiian monk seal shot in head on MolokaiDecember 22, 2021 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — An endangered Hawaiian monk seal that was found dead on the island of Molokai in September was intentionally killed with a gun, federal officials said Tuesday.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said in a statement that the young female seal suffered a gunshot would to its head.
Hawaiian monk seal dies after battle with parasitic diseaseNovember 22, 2021 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — A male Hawaiian monk seal has died at a Big Island marine mammal hospital after a five-week battle with toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic disease spread by cat feces, officials said Monday.
Baby seal rescued from street in Northern CaliforniaNovember 1, 2021 GMT
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A northern fur seal pup was recovering Monday at a marine life rehabilitation center where he is being fed fish smoothies after a harrowing weekend in San Rafael where he was almost hit by a car.
North Carolina Zoo announces deaths of ostrich, harbor sealAugust 15, 2021 GMT
ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two longtime residents at the North Carolina Zoo -- an ostrich and a harbor seal -- have died.
An ostrich named Pearl was euthanized on Wednesday, zoo officials announced this weekend.
Animal rescuers ask residents to leave young seals aloneJuly 9, 2021 GMT
BATH, Maine (AP) — A marine mammal rescue group in Maine is asking beachgoers to leave young seals alone after documenting numerous recent interactions between people and the animals.
Marine Mammals of Maine is a nonprofit group that responds to distressed sea mammals, such as seals and dolphins, as well as sea turtles.
Endangered monk seal mom with new pup needs space in WaikikiMay 13, 2021 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — Wildlife officials want people on a Waikiki beach to give an endangered newborn seal and its nursing mother lots of space.
Kaiwi, a Hawaiian monk seal mom and her pup, PO2, are nursing and bonding at Kaimana Beach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.
Man gets prison for killing California elephant sealApril 12, 2021 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was sentenced Monday to three months in federal prison for shooting a protected northern elephant seal to death on the central California coast near San Simeon...
Cultural ‘big deal’: Seal oil makes menu at Alaska care homeFebruary 16, 2021 GMT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seal oil has been a staple in the diet of Alaska’s Inupiat for generations...
Alaska search for 7 missing boaters indefinitely postponedNovember 5, 2020 GMT
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Searchers in western Alaska have indefinitely postponed their effort to find seven missing seal hunters...
Seal, whale response teams to get help for Maine effortAugust 9, 2020 GMT
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of Maine institutions is receiving grants totaling nearly $200,000 to help with recovery efforts for stranded marine mammals.
Marine mammals such as whales and seals sometimes wash up on New England shores in need of assistance.
More seals means learning to live with sharks in New EnglandJuly 30, 2020 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) 1 ; Seals are thriving off the Northeast coast thanks to decades of protections, and that victory for wildlife has bro ght a conseq ence for h mans 1 ; more enco nters with sharks...
Isolated by oceans: Hawaii, other islands tamp down virusMay 4, 2020 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism...
Aquarium seals must be wondering: Who’s that masked trainer?April 13, 2020 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Humans can't always recognize each other in face masks, so imagine the confusion that wild animals in captivity must feel...
Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive at unlikely spotOctober 4, 2019 GMT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s northern fur seal population for three decades has been classified as depleted, but the marine mammals are showing up in growing numbers at an unlikely location: a tiny island that forms the tip of an active undersea volcano...
US biologists eye unusual deaths of Alaska ice sealsSeptember 13, 2019 GMT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast have been dying at uncommon rates, and federal marine mammal biologists Thursday declared an "unusual mortality event...
Melted Alaska sea ice alarms coast residents, scientistsJuly 1, 2019 GMT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents who rely on wildlife and fish...
Trump takes a step back from threat to close southern borderApril 3, 2019 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump eased up on his threats to close the southern border as officials across his administration explored half-measures that might satisfy the president's urge for action, like stopping only foot traffic at certain crossings...
Seal takeovers, downed trees: Parks clean up post-shutdownFebruary 2, 2019 GMT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching...
Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdownJanuary 31, 2019 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said...
Gecko butt-dials ‘bazillion’ times from Hawaii seal hospitalOctober 9, 2018 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed...
32-year-old seal named Peter euthanized at Virginia aquariumSeptember 26, 2018 GMT
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A 32-year-old seal named Peter who lived at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has died.
The Virginian-Pilot reports Peter's health had been in rapid decline, and he was euthanized Monday.
Alabama man fined for touching endangered Hawaiian monk sealAugust 26, 2018 GMT
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media.
Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry’s royal wedding addressMay 19, 2018 GMT
WINDSOR, England (AP) — And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit...
Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bearsFebruary 1, 2018 GMT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows...
TV picks for Jan. 31: ‘Animals With Cameras,’ ‘Step Up: High Water,’ ‘SEAL Team’January 30, 2018 GMT
Animals With Cameras isnt as much fun as David Lettermans experiments with a MonkeyCam, but dont tell that to wildlife photographer Gordon Buchanan, who is tickled pink to strap gear to chimpanzees, penguins and cheetahs for unique footage.
US science agency: Selfies with seal pups a no-noMay 26, 2017 GMT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. officials are warning people not to take selfies with seals, no matter how tempting...
Border wall could leave some Americans on ‘Mexican side’April 16, 2017 GMT
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The last time U.S. officials built a barrier along the border with Mexico, they left an opening at the small road leading south to Pamela Taylor's home on the banks of the Rio Grande...
RH92 frequented Lihi Canal in KapaaApril 1, 2017 GMT
KAPAA — A 10-month-old female Hawaiian monk seal was moved Friday from the Lihi canal in Kapaa to a beach on Kauai’s Westside.
RH92 had been frequenting the canal in recent weeks, likely attracted by discarded fish scraps.
Organizations offer $50K for info on monk seal deathsMarch 11, 2017 GMT
HONOLULU — Local and national non-profit and non-governmental organizations are offering $50,000 for information about the killings of five Hawaiian seals.
The February suspicious death of seal R4DP near Eleele on Kauai is making the matter even more urgent, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Seal’s death suspicious, under investigationMarch 6, 2017 GMT
ELEELE — An oft-spotted, 15-year-old endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, known as R4DP was found dead on a beach near Eleele on Feb. 23.
Officers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement and from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement are investigating the female seal’s death as suspicious, as it had injuries “inconsistent with any natural cause of death associated with wild monk seals.”
Akuna pleads no contestFebruary 23, 2017 GMT
LIHUE — A man police say beat up a pregnant monk seal last year pleaded no contest on Wednesday.
Shylo Akuna appeared before Judge Kathleen Watanabe to change the not guilty plea he entered in May.
Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population rises to 1,400January 25, 2017 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — The population of Hawaiian monk seals — one of the world's most critically endangered marine mammals — has been increasing 3 percent a year for the past three years, federal wildlife officials said.
Seal-Spotting Cruises offered by Norwalk Maritime AquariumJanuary 12, 2017 GMT
Looking for an animal adventure this winter?
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk suggests its Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises that are scheduled to run January through March.
“These invigorating 2½-hour outings take place aboard the aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, the country’s only research vessel with hybrid-electric propulsion,” said Dave Sigworth, aquarium spokesman.
Camera on Maine island streams gray seal videoJanuary 18, 2013 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A camera that records seal-pupping activities on a remote Maine island began streaming live to the public Thursday in what's believed to be the first live-streaming camera at an East Coast seal-pupping site.