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Mummified seals can be found all over the Dry Valleys. It is believed that the seals came from the seas ice into the Dry Valleys . It is not known why exactly seals end up far away from the sea ice. Explanations could be that they become disorentiated due to sickness or bad weather conditions, and  starve to death.

Due to dry air and slow degradation processes in Antarctica the seal carcasses mummify and are thought to be hundreds of years old.


                                             Mummified seal near Canada glacier and Lake Fryxcell



                                                             Mummified seal near Koettlitz glacier


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Anne D Jungblut

Anne D Jungblut

Member since: Sep 2, 2010

I'm Anne Jungblut from the Botany Department. Join me as I head to Antarctica to study cyanobacterial diversity in ice-covered lakes of the Dry Valleys and Ross Island where already scientists on Scott's and Shakleton's expeditions made many discoveries.

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