We were recently approached by a friend who told us about a dead harbor seal pup on Appledore Island. We used our training to collect data on the individual and report to Marine Mammals of Maine. This is just one of the few unique experiences we have had as Shoals Marine Mammal Undergraduate Researchers this summer.
In other news, we have reached the end of our internship, and with that, the end of our seal research. It has been wonderful spending 10 weeks at Shoals Marine Laboratory, and having the amazing opportunity to conduct boat surveys at Duck Island. Through this experience, we have learned how to better conduct research, how to operate a large camera, and some of what behavioral research entails. We depart with a better understanding of marine mammal biology, their conservation and management. Most importantly, we depart with amazing memories of working with the scientific community at Shoals.
Can you identify these seals hauled out below?
Goodbye and stay tuned for seal team 2020!