Friday, April 20, 2012

Watch for a tagged seal

Sarah Peterson, PhD student in Dan Costa's lab at UC Santa Cruz, is looking for a seal with tags:

 "I am currently running our field efforts up here at Ano Nuevo with elephant seals," she writes. "A tagged seal should be showing up at Piedras Blancas anytime now.  She is an adult female that was tagged at Ano Nuevo and has a GPS tag, a time-depth recorder tag, and a VHF tag on her.  She also has the number U444 on her (written using hair dye) so she should be very visible. If any of the docents or visitors report seeing an elephant seal that matches that description, I would love to know when and where she was seen.  Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide us!"

We'll keep an eye out for her, Sarah. Such a distinctive seal will be spotted, even on this crowded beach.

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