Showing posts from November, 2012

The Edge

A helo flight to Marble Point (to tag pups from mom's that were previously tagged and retag any adults that needed it), brought us along the edge of the sea ice, where some pack ice has been blown in.  I have never seen this before, typically (the past two seasons being typical for me), it is just vast open ocean.  Pack ice tends to bring more critters, as some, like the leopard seal, crabbeater seal, and Ross's seal, are much more tightly associated with pack ice.  Here are a few shots of the pack ice:

Slush Puppy Anyone?

Antarctic slush puppies are a bit different than back home...

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Video taken under NMSF permit no. 17236

Comparative Fat Content Analysis

...a real science-y way of saying "Look at how fat that pup has gotten!"


All Weddell seal images obtained under NMFS permit no. 17236

A Taste Of A McMurdo Thanksgiving

And this is what the seals do for Thanksgiving:

Check out a new post on the Weddell Seal Science blog!

Pup and Pickup Ride


Diver Ex-entry

Divers Henry Kaiser and Rob Robbins entering a dive hole in a hut at Turtle Rock...except in reverse (they don't really come blasting out of the hole to get out).  "Creative!" you may exclaim to yourself.  Actually, its an inability to correctly put together a stop motion video.

What are these divers capturing in their dives?  Check out another Weddell seal team's (B470) YouTube channel to see some great underwater footage of the seals!

Terra Nova

At the most basic level, population studies (like ours on the Weddell seals) is all about input and output.  Births and deaths, immigration and emigration. Simple.  Well, not really.  It's very difficult to figure out who's dying or leaving in an open system population. One way we try to figure out who's leaving, is by taking a helo trip up the coast to Terra Nova Bay, to a small satellite population of seals, just to check if any of our tagged seals show up there.  We also make some stops closer in.  And this is what was done today, the helo picked our whole crew up at camp, and off we went:

To Castle Rock Then!

Sometimes, McMurdo ain't such a bad place... Grab some friends, and go for a hike!
(Of course you have to check out with the firehouse, makes sure you have a radio, and be sure to check back in before they send the search and rescue...)

Camp Day Off

Today was a day off to fully recover from a cold, in which I spent diligently working on my thesis (not sure how well that helps in cold recovery), so I never got more than three feet from the huts... to fill the void in my own photos or videos, another entertaining video:

A Quieter One

Some of you I know are in much need of a Weddell seal pup:

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Team Shot


Incredible New Discovery

A couple years back, Antarctic scientists made an amazing discovery that you have to see:

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South Base Take Two

Back at South Base to check up on some seals as part of one of our surveys, making sure they're all tagged (which they weren't...there were 4 new pups along with 2 adults that needed tagged) and accounted for. Weddell seal photos taken under NMFS Permit No. 17236

Saturday Tidal Crack