The National Zoo's Antarctica Expedition is sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs.
All photographs depicting Weddell seals were taken under NMFS Permit No. 763-1485-00 issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The National Zoo in Antarctica
National Zoo scientists are heading south again—way south! Read all about the first season of their Antarctic Expedition.
A team of scientists from the National Zoo and collaborating institutions is in Antarctica studying how Weddell seals manage to rear young in the harsh and unforgiving conditions of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.
We followed the team's activities for its first season, and are following the team again, now that everyone has gotten settled for a second season on The Ice. As we journey along, you'll learn about: