This Weddell Seal Science website is produced by the Weddell Seal Population Ecology Project based at the Montana State University - Bozeman to present information, video files and multimedia, and social media about the Project's Weddell research in Antarctica. This Weddell Seal Project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and assisted by the United States Antarctic Program. (USAP). The purpose of the website is to function as a central web portal to make available to the general public, educators and students numerous assets including articles, a seasonal Antarctic field blog, select videos and multimedia on the project, Weddell seals, and the work of the researchers studying the population and mass dynamics of Antarctica's Weddell seals.
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Weddell seals have a large repertoire of very strange vocalizations–everything from chugs, chirps, trills, and whistles to what sounds like something from outer space. Weddells make these sounds both underwater and on top of the sea ice. Our soundtrack composer Steve Perez used hydrophone recordings the project obtained under NMFS Permit 1032-1917 to interweave with guitar and midi to create an other-worldly composition consisting of some of those Weddell seal vocalizations recorded by the Weddell Population Ecology project. Video field footage obtained by project members Eric Boyd and Terrill Paterson under NMFS Permit 17236. Video editing and production by Mary Lynn Price. Learn more at WeddellSealScience.com!
A short stereoscopic 3D science story video introducing Antarctica's Weddell seals and two of the scientists who study the population ecology of this southernmost mammal on Earth. The stereo 3D is in side-by-side 3D format, and can be viewed using Virtual Reality goggles or a 3D display/TV. Features Weddell seal moms and pups, and on-location interviews with project lead scientist Dr. Jay Rotella and Jesse DeVoe, MS. Video produced by Mary Lynn Price. More info at WeddellSealScience.com.
Ecologists are investigating whether Weddell seal pups that spend more time in the water learning to swim with their moms have a higher chance of surviving to return and have pups of their own. Weddell seals live all their lives in Antarctica, and are the southernmost mammal in the world. Weddell moms spend a lot of time with their pups coaxing them into the cold Antarctic water and helping them learn to swim. Footage includes interviews with Montana State University ecology professors Bob Garrott and Jay Rotella. Video production by Mary Lynn Price. Additional footage by Jessica Farrer, Jesse DeVoe, Henry Kaiser, Rob Robbins, and Steve Rupp.
Ecologists are investigating whether Weddell seal pups that spend more time in the water learning to swim with their moms have a higher chance of surviving to return and have pups of their own. Weddell seals live all their lives in Antarctica, and are the southernmost mammal in the world. Weddell moms spend a lot of time with their pups coaxing them into the cold Antarctic water and helping them learn to swim. Footage includes interviews with Montana State University ecology professors Bob Garrott and Jay Rotella. Video production by Mary Lynn Price. Additional footage by Jessica Farrer, Jesse DeVoe, Henry Kaiser, Rob Robbins, and Steve Rupp. More information at http://WeddellSealScience.com.
Abstract: This video explores individual variation found among Weddell seals, and what those differences might mean for the future of this southernmost mammal on Earth, living in the most pristine marine environment remaining on our planet. The video features interviews on location in the Erebus Bay area of Antarctica's Ross Sea with ecologists Jay Rotella, Bob Garrott, Thierry Chambert, and Jesse DeVoe of the Weddell seal population project research team. Also featured is some truly spectacular underwater footage by Henry Kaiser, courtesy of Jo-Ann Mellish and Project B-470 (NMFS Permit No. 15478 and ACA 2003-12), and lots of Weddell puppies and moms filmed by Mary Lynn Price and other members of the B-009 Weddell research team. The video was edited and produced by Mary Lynn Price. This project video is made possible with funding and support from the National Science Foundation, and the assistance of the United States Antarctic Program. Produced in association with Montana State University.
Every springtime in Antarctica Weddell seals return to Erebus Bay to give birth and raise their new pups. And every year a team of researchers and graduate students based at Montana State University returns to Antarctica to study the ecology of these iconic marine predators in this nearly pristine marine environment. This video features interviews with ecologists Robert Garrott and Jay Rotella, professors in the Ecology Department at Montana State University, and MSU graduate student Jen Mannas. Video production by Mary Lynn Price. More information at http://WeddellSealScience.com.
The resilient Weddell seals of Erebus Bay in Antarctica's Ross Sea, and how they responded to a massive iceberg event that blocked access to some of their pupping areas in the past decade. These seals are the southernmost mammal on Earth, and are the subject of one of the longest running population studies ever of a long-lived mammal.
Video includes interviews filmed in Antarctica with Montana State University ecologists Jay Rotella, Bob Garrott, and Thierry Chambert. Footage and images contributed by Mary Lynn Price, Henry Kaiser, Jay Rotella, Bob Garrott, Don Siniff, Gillian Hadley, Rob Robbins, Steve Rupp, Jesse DeVoe, Glenn Stauffer, Jessica Farrer, Jen Mannas, and Thierry Chambert. Video editing by Mary Lynn Price. Opening music composed by Darren Roberts, piano by Rachel Carlson.
A preview of this video first screened at the 2012 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Special Cultural Event Program in Portland, Oregon. More info on the Weddell seal population study project at http://WeddellSealScience.com.
Antarctica weather can change quickly. Weddell seal field researchers work in all kinds of weather--sometimes mild and beautiful, sometimes windy and challenging. All in a good day's field work with the Montana State University Weddell seal research team working in the Erebus Bay area of Antarctica's Ross Sea. Video production by Mary Lynn Price. Additional footage by Jessica Farrer. More information at http://WeddellSealScience.com.
Companion website to a book by researcher TM Williams at UC Santa Cruz. Features several Antarctic-related activities. Activities include background information, materials list, full instructions, data sheets, and post-activity questions. While the activities can stand alone, the activities are meant to supplement the book (cost associated). Site also features information on the researchers, a list of related publications, a section just for kids, and links to additional resources.