The world’s largest population of male seal, weighing in at 1,200kg, is now at the center of a debate over how much to put on the plates of the world, and how to save it.
The male seals, which are found only in the Southern Hemisphere, have long been feared by scientists.
Now, researchers have been able to identify the seals and have confirmed that they’re actually females.
Scientists in Brazil say the new study has helped them identify the species and help save it from extinction.
“Our research is based on the idea that male seals are actually female, and therefore they can reproduce,” said Maria de Sousa, a researcher at the Brazilian Institute of Aquatic Sciences (Instituto Aquatico de São Paulo).
“If we could capture and put on male seals at sea and they are pregnant, we could save the species from extinction.”
This photo shows a male seal with its mother, which is a female seal.
The species of female seal is female but the males are not.
Scientists believe the females are the cause of the problem.
Female seals can reproduce and are a threat to other marine mammals because of their large size.
Scientists think that this species has been affected by human-induced climate change.
Male seals are a crucial part of the marine ecosystem and play a key role in the protection of marine life.
They are known to help control disease, and they help protect reefs by allowing the sea to return to its natural state.
But what if the male seals were actually females?
What would happen to the species?
Would there be a shortage of female seals or would there be an abundance?
The answer, it turns out, depends on the number of male seals that live on the Southern Pacific Islands.
This population has increased rapidly over the past decade, according to research published by the National Geographic magazine.
Researchers estimate that around one-third of the Southern Ocean’s male seals have left the area, with more than half of the species now found in the waters off the coast of Brazil.
The rest are scattered across the South Atlantic, including some that are found off the coasts of the United States, Canada and Australia.
The researchers believe that this population has a lot of potential.
“The Southern Ocean has some of the most unique habitats of any ocean in the world,” said study author Michael Haddad, a marine biologist at the University of Queensland.
“The Southern Atlantic is a great place to study and study this species, and this has been a great area for us to get this data.”
A seal swims through the waters near the coast.
If a male is unable to breed with a female, he is killed off, which means the female will remain a single mother.
These photos show a male and a female male seal swimming together in the Pacific Ocean.
While the researchers didn’t track how many male seals they captured, they did determine that around 1,000 of the males were females, and the rest were males.
“We were surprised to find that around two-thirds of the male seal populations had been born male,” said de Seso.
“It is very exciting to find this number and also to see that these males are actually females.”
De Sousam’s team has already been able help save this species.
Researchers were able to get an ultrasound image of a young female seal, which was a lot easier than having to capture the seal and put it in a plastic bag.
“The young male seal was very happy to be placed in a seal carrier,” she said.
They also managed to locate and capture a male female seal in a tank, which allowed the team to give her a name.
When the researchers put her in a cage to keep her safe, the female seal was so scared she started to cry.
What does this mean for us as humans?
According to the scientists, the findings could also have a positive impact on other marine species.
In order to save the endangered species, the researchers are looking to create a “male-friendly” seal enclosure.
Once the male is released, he’ll be able to breed and will have a bigger population to help keep the population at bay.
“There is no doubt that it is very important that we continue to work on these problems,” said Haddah.
“But we also know that this study is a critical step in understanding how we can save this animal.”
This article was originally published on National Geographic.