E Seal Juvies Are Testing New Tags!

Nicole Marie Teutschel at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz, CA--As adult northern elephant seals are at sea, juveniles dominate the beaches at Año Nuevo. Most TOPP E Seal research focuses on adult animals, this fall there was we partnered with Sean Hayes at NOAA to test some new tagging technology with a biologging study with juvenile E Seals.

They're baaaaaack!

Melinda Fowler at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, CA--The elephant seals are returning after their post-breeding foraging trip.  The adult females must recover the mass lost after having a pup and nursing it for 27 days.  She heads to sea to build up her fat reserves and then returns to Ano Nuevo to molt--grow new hair and skin.  The females who left the beach in late January are already hitting the beach again.  It seems like only a short time since they left, but it's been about 2 months since they left.  We've recovered 3 so far, and 20 to go!! 

And they're off!

Nicole Teutschel at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, CA-- The beaches are looking more empty everyday because the females are coming into estrous, weaning their pups, and returning to sea. So far 18 of 23 new satellite tags have been deployed, allowing us to not only watch the beaches clear out, but the ocean come alive as we recive satellite hits from the new set of tagged seals as they swim into the North Pacific.

Southern giants have been tagged!

Luis Huckstadt at Punta Arenas, Chile--We are finally back to civilization after a successful field season at Cape Shirreff, Antarctica. I'm happy to report that we accomplished our goal of deploying 15 satellite tags on southern elephant seals (see Cool Cousins). This work could not have been done without the great crew that helped us at the Cape Shirreff camp.

Spots Tags Have Come Off!!!

Molly McCormley at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, CA--It’s official…Spot’s tags have been recovered!! Spot  has been wearing her tags for 8 months, picking up data that researchers are just now able to view!  

Google (Ocean) E Seals

Nicole Teutschel at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA-- Elephant seals have made a big splash in the Ocean, in Google Earth. Today Google launched an Ocean platform in Google Earth!

TOPP has contributed stories, figures, and satellite data to Ocean. This partnership is geared towards enabling everyone to be able to better visualize tracking data, and of course... explore the Oceans right from their computer!

 

E Seal Update

Nicole Teutschel at Año Nuevo State Reserve, CA-- The elephant seal breeding season has reached its peak! This week is when we find the greatest number of elephant seals hauled out along beaches of Año Nuevo State Reserve in Northern California.

Arriving at the Cape

Luis Huckstadt at Cape Shirreff, Antarctica-- I'm finally here at The Cape! It's a stormy Antarctic day, so I thought that I'd take this opportunity to write you a report of my expedition so far!

 

Slideshow Jo!

Nicole Teutschel at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, CA-- Check out this slideshow of Jo's pup at her satellite tag recovery. This is a part of Elephant Seal Homecoming Days at TOPP.org. Press play or use your arrow keys on your keyboard to flip through the images.

Sebastian's Tracks

Nicole Teutschel at UC Santa Cruz, Long Marine Lab--Today the E Seal Team got a glimpse into where Sebastian traveled during his 5 month journey at sea. Sebastian is an adult male elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, satellite tagged by TOPP last summer.

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