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How Antarctica’s Cutest Baby Seals Grow Up

Clip: Season 47 | 3m 17s

Inhabiting the Ross Sea—as far south as McMurdo Sound—Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) have the most southerly distribution of any mammal on Earth. Scientists began studying a breeding population of Weddell seals in 1968 and quickly found out these pinnipeds don’t always have it easy.

Aired: 02/05/20

Rating: NR

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