Thirteen ocean creatures have surfaced all around Bristol’s BS5 postcode, snapped by some of the world’s very best wildlife photographers. To prove how turtle-y awesome they all are, we’ve created blogs on all of the featured species sharing ten epic facts about them! Sail your way around the exhibition by downloading your very own map and guide.
1) Seals are believed to have evolved from land-based bear or otter-like ancestors, who then decided life was better under the sea, down where it’s wetter..
2) Seals mainly live in the water and only come ashore to mate, give birth, moult or escape from predators such as orca, whales and sharks.
3) Seals have more blood in their body than other animals, which helps them to dive for much longer than many other oxygen-breathing mammals.
4) Elephant seals can hold their breath for two hours – a record in the animal world! The longest ever held by a human is just 22 minutes.
5) Weddell seals can dive to over 600m!
6) Seals have whiskers that help them detect the vibration of their prey underwater.
7) As they can spend many months at sea at a time, seals have the ability to sleep underwater.
8) Male seals don’t eat anything during mating season, which can last up to three months! That’s some serious beach-body dieting.
9) A female seal’s milk contains up to 50% fat, and pups can put on 2kgs a DAY. That should make you feel a little better about your festive calorie splurges!
10) While orcas, sharks and polar bears are natural predators of seals, the biggest threat to seal populations is people.