Adventures of the Seal Team

Dec 29, 2008

The Seal Team is the only other group allowed to go off onto the ice sheet for collection, and they have a pretty interesting job ahead of them. It’s a Scandinavian team investigating, among other things, the prevalence of canine distemper in seals. Canine distemper is a disease in dogs, but dogs and seals have very similar DNA and when early Antarctic explorers used sled dogs and huskies in Antarctica, the dogs would bite seals and spread dog diseases to the Antarctic seal populations. The Seal Team studies this and other diseases to see how the seal populations have been recovering after these epidemics of invasive (outside) disease. They made an excellent video that explains their work below-

And for good measure, here are a few more photos of the seals-

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