Weddell Seal Photo-Identification in the Western Antarctic Peninsula

Photo courtesy of Ari Friedlaender

Weddell seals are large and abundant Antarctic seals that have a circumpolar distribution. Photo-ID studies of marine mammals identify individuals using natural markings, nicks, notches and scars that are easily visible on their bodies, fins or flukes. Catalogs of photographs can establish a record of where/ when an individual was observed (and who they were with). In the long term, photo-ID studies can provide information on movements, habitat use, reproductive patterns and population size. We are establishing a photo-ID catalogue for weddell seals and are using citizen scientists to collect photographs and build our catalogue. If you are interested in contributing to our weddell seal catalogue, see further information here.

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