The Census of Marine Life: Photo of the Week – Weddell Seal
A young Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) gets his final diving lessons. He is already the size of his mother, who is waiting under the water. Soon, he’ll be on his own. The Census of Marine Life cataloged marine mammals as well as other types of creatures ranging from fish to microbes.
Credit: Galatee Films
The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is a broad global initiative that supports research at the frontiers of our oceans: the hottest undersea vents, the deepest and darkest depths, the rapidly changing poles, and the most interesting biological “hotspots.” CoML projects engage more than 2000 scientists and marine professionals from 80 countries in an initial ten-year effort to assess and explain the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world’s oceans – past, present and future.
Click here to learn more about the Census of Marine Life (CoML).
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