Antarctic Fur Seal Trek: Looking for Pups

Dan Costa, aboard the Yuzomegeologia, near Livingston Island - After a long day at sea waiting for the weather to turn, we woke up this morning and the sun was shining. It's been 6 years since I last visited Cape Shirreff. It's nice to be back. It's certainly a special place. We spent the morning unloading gear and supplies and then went off to a nearby island to census fur seal pups there. Once that was done, we left our colleagues at the Cape and went to Window Island and counted more fur seal pups. It was so sunny that I got sunburned! We finished late in the day, and as the sun set, the wind picked up. It was a long day, but we got a lot accomplished. Here's the field camp at Cape Shirreff. The green buildings belong to NOAA's Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program and the orange and white buildings belong to the Chilean Antarctic program.

[ed. note: The AMLR program is very interesting. According to the description on NOAA site, "the principal mission of the AMLR research component is to collect the scientific information needed to detect, monitor, and predict the effects of harvesting (marine resources) and associated activities on target, dependent, and related species and populations of the Antarctic marine living resources and the ecosystem(s) of which they are a part."]