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A study conducted in the Antarctic by scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany, reveals that climate change has already altered the habits of elephant seals. To get food, these aquatic mammals are being forced to dive deeper due to warmer water.

Fish and squid, which are usually part of the diet for elephant seals, are going to greater depths because of the increase in sea temperature. Transmitters installed in 30 elephant seals that live on Marion Island in the Antarctic Ocean, showed that, although they are excellent divers accustomed to living most of the time over 100 meters below the surface, they need to swim increasingly close to their physiological limit to reach their prey.

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