The Marine Science Center in Rostock has come up with new findings on the sensory perception of seals - Publication and animated short film
Filou the seal during training (Credit: Fabian Fiechter)
Seals – we all find them cute, the clever fish hunters with their big googly eyes and long beard hairs on their pointed muzzle. Prof. Dr. Guido Dehnhardt and his team from the Marine Science Center at the University of Rostock have long been aware that these hairs are the secret to the animals’ extraordinary sensory perceptions.
Now they found that thanks to these extremely sensitive whiskers, or vibrissae, seals can discern important information that helps them hunt for fish – even from a single circular vortex in the water.