Patrick Robinson at the Eastern Weddell Sea, Antarctica--Yesterday, we were in search of our 10th and final seal and found an ice floe with several seals. We prepared our gear and went out onto the ice to get a closer look. Unfortunately, the seals were a bit too young for our study (we are tagging adult animals). So, we hiked back to the ship and continued our search. We continued scanning through binoculars from the bridge for the remainder of the day, but saw only crabeater seals.
Patrick Robinson at the Eastern Weddell Sea, Antarctica--We tagged three additional Weddell seals yesterday to bring our total up to nine and the seals are already sending us interesting data. The seals have already collected more than four times the number of CTD profiles collected by the ship! Here is a sample of the various data sent back to us from the tags:
Patrick Robinson at the Eastern Weddell Sea, Antarctica-- The Weddell seal tagging is off to a great start. We have been quite busy over the past 2 days and have already deployed 6 of the 10 tags! This is how we do it: After we have located a seal from the bridge of the ship, we assemble a team of people to go out onto the ice. We don our cold-weather gear and bring our tagging supplies to the main deck of the ship. To get to the ice, we have to be lowered by a crane (I will admit, this part is actually quite fun!).