These seals are collecting data for Japanese researchers under Antarctic ice

Seals wearing tracking devices are helping scientists survey the waters in Antarctica during the winter months. Image: UNSPLASH/Derek Oyen

Irene Wang

Journalist, Reuters

Akira Tomoshige

Writer, Reuters


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'This video grab shows a Weddell seal fitted with high-tech head-mounted measuring devices to survey waters under the thick ice sheet, near Japan's Showa Station in Antarctica, April 2017.' Image: National Institute of Polar Research/Handout via REUTERS
The data collected showed that one seal travelled as far as 393 miles from the coast of Japan's Showa Station in Antarctica. Image: National Institute of Polar Research/Handout via REUTERS

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