Taggin' and Headbaggin'
Today was a fairly steady pup tagging day. It seems that Turks Head is the place for pregnant moms this season, as it seems to be the most hapupenin' colony. Spent a wonderful day with Darren Roberts and co-PI (principal investigator...the boss) Jay Rotella tagging pups and retagging adults (for those that have lost tags or need tags)
|Found this little pup, probably the smallest I've seen...maybe 40 pounds? Average weight of most pups is probably around 70 pounds. Mom is not a big mom either. So who is more successful in life? Smaller pups? Bigger pups? Weddell seal images obtained under NMFS Permit No. 17236|
|Watch out for sea ice monsters!|
|This is how we tag adults, using a head bag restraining method, which helps us to quickly and efficiently tag them without causing them too much stress. Darren Roberts on the reigns, Jay Rotella tagging the rear flippers.|