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MMS 60: Interesting facts about moulting seals

Marine Mammal Science

Release Date: 10/24/2020

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If you thought that talking about exfoliating marine mammals was a bore, you have never met Skyla Walcott. Our guest this week explains why moulting is so important for seals and sealions. Skyla goes in great detail about her research on Spotted and Weddell seals and why whiskers are so important to both pinnipeds and researchers.


Show Notes:

UCSC Pinniped Lab: https://pinnipedlab.ucsc.edu/

Whisker growth study: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v554/p213-224/

UAA Burns Lab: https://burnslab.wixsite.com/burnslab

Molting study: https://academic.oup.com/conphys/article/8/1/coaa022/5815654