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Hooded Seal

 

(Cystophora cristata), also bladdernose seal, a mammal of the family Phocidae. Adult males measure 210–250 cm in length and weigh 250–300 kg. Adult females measure 30–50 cm less than the males and weigh 50 percent less. Newborns reach 100 cm in length and weigh about 17–20 kg. The coloration is gray with dark spots of various sizes on the back and sides. Newborns have no spots; they are blue-gray above and almost white beneath. The snout of adult males has an elastic subcutaneous “hood” that inflates greatly in times of excitation. The hooded seal is distributed in the northwestern Atlantic and Arctic oceans. It reproduces on the ice in regions near Newfoundland and Jan Mayen; molting occurs in the Denmark Strait. The seal migrates extensively. It feeds on large fishes and cephalopods. The most valuable commercial product is the fur of the young.

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In hooded seals, most neuroglobin resides in a different type of brain cell than it does in mice and rats.
Ingmar the hooded seal, which is native to Greenland, was found malnourished at Dunnet Head, near Thurso, Caithness,last month.
March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit Zoo's Arctic Ring of Life received its newest resident, a rescued Hooded Seal, this week.
The Hooded Seal pup has been isolated from other animals since she arrived at the Zoo last year with an ear infection.
Last year, according to the Canadian government, 307,000 harp and hooded seals were killed for their fur in the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Labrador and Quebec.
Canada allows sealers to kill around 270,000 harp and hooded seals a year to protect depleted fish stocks and provide jobs in the most economically depressed region of the country along the North Atlantic.
Scenes of appalling cruelty are played out when Canada's harp and hooded seals come down from Greenland each spring.
Hooded seals are fiercely independent and can grow up to 12 feet long.
Now marine experts are travelling to Scotland to release the four-month-old hooded seal back into the North Atlantic at Orkney.