Daniel Costa at Isla Lobos, Uruguay-- We finished deploying 10 tags on the sea lions. It was an interesting experience working on a new species with a totally new field team, with variable experience. Most importantly is that, with the exception of Dave Shuman the vet who came along to do the anesthesia I had not worked with any of the people before. Having said that it was amazing how fast the field team came together even though some members spoke different languages (Spanish vs English).
Daniel Costa at Isla Lobos, Uruguay-- We've been busy over the last few days. We've succeeded in deploying 8 tags out of the 10 we planned on! So we have only two more to go before we've accomplished our goal. We should be able to have all the tags out tonight and tomorrow morning. Given that it gets really warm here in the mid day, we get up at first light and work until mid morning when it gets too hot for us and the sea lions.
Dan Costa is in Uruguay satellite tagging South American sea lions. When he's not busy tagging, he's been sending updates and images from the field. Check out these images and upcoming blogs to learn more about tagging these giant sea lions! All photos were taken by Daniel Costa.
Daniel Costa at Isla Lobos, Uruguay-- We got up at first light this morning and caught our first South American sea lion!! It was quite an event with a crew of locals, some speak English and others only Spanish. At times it was a little awkward, especially when most of the people have never caught a sea lion before! It all went well, but these animals are big. They are massive. The female only weighed about 150 kg (or 330 lbs), but she seemed gigantic. They are mellow animals and once underway things went quite well.
Nicole Teutschel at UC Santa Cruz, Long Marine Lab--Accountants have tax season, teachers... back to school, malls have the holidays: TOPP biologists are busy now...when many species are ready for tags, all at once! TOPP biologists are busy deploying satellite tags on five species....and that's just today!