Mikołaj Zybała

Marine biologist and animal trainer and behaviourist. I started my journey by studying marine biology at the University of Gdansk. Very quickly I got a chance to work in my dream job - marine mammal trainer at a marine station in the little town called Hel. From there it only got more interesting. I have worked for a number of zoos and facilities caring for seals and sea lions.
Recently, got involved with Ethoplanet - a consulting and education centre where I coordinate international relations as well as teach courses on animal training and welfare.
Currently, I am a keeper and trainer at Warsaw Zoo in Poland as well as a PhD student at Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities.
My interest focus on marine mammals and pinnipeds in particular. Their biology, ethology, ways of communication and primarily, their welfare under human care.

Count grey seal pups to estimate the quality of the Baltic Sea’s food web

Did you know that you could assess the health of the Baltic sea by simply counting the number of grey seal pups? We explain to you how it works in this post. The Baltic Sea, between salt and freshwater The Baltic Sea is a little arm of the North Atlantic Ocean tucked away in northeastern […]

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Seals “see” and hunt fish with their whiskers

Have you ever looked at a seal or a sea lion and wondered about their voluptuous whiskers? Those fine hairs, called whiskers or vibrissae, have a crucial role in their lives. Studies have shown that blindfolded captive harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) can easily follow other seals underwater, using only their whiskers. Yet, that was just

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