I wish I had more recent figures than that (figures come from a paper published by Gelatt et. al. 2010 "History and fate of a small isolated population of Weddell seals at White Island, Antarctica"), but this year, we tagged three new pups, and probably saw about 10 seals on the ice...which really says nothing because there are probably many more seals below the ice. It is a very interesting population, and a great example of isolation occurring naturally, which we can then, thanks to multiple visits per year by the project, keep track of population dynamics to see what its doing, and possibly where its headed.
|The north shore of White Island, where the seals typically haul out|
|One of the White Island seals...|
|Darren and Thierry recording what we find.|
|Horizon line, extending forever to the SE of White Island. That way, is a cold and lonely place by the looks of it.|