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Pup buds

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I just can't help it.


It may be better to view video here (larger and can change quality).

Footage taken under NMFS permit no 17236.




Out the Front Door

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Before preceding on to the photos for the day (sorry, spaced yesterday...I was trying to learn maximum likelihood and my brain was about to explode), I wanted to share a couple of blogs from other scientists down here (these are all folks that I have met down here) doing other scienc-y things:

Bromine research (seriously? yes, and its awesome):

http://rossinthepoles.blogspot.com/

Fish physiology (how does anything survive in these frigid water?):

http://hassumaniantarctica.blogspot.com/

http://marissaleeinternational.blogspot.com/

More on our weddell seal project:

http://www.natureandnoise.com/

http://inmotion.typepad.com/weddell_seal_science/

And a recent article published in the Antarctic Sun:

http://antarcticsun.usap.gov/science/contenthandler.cfm?id=2762





All Weddell seal images obtained under NMFS Permit No. 17236

Because Everyone Loves Penguins

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A pack of emperors were marching by Inaccessible Island today, so your Sunday begins with PENGUINS....





The First Swimmer

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The first swimmer pup we've seen this season!!  It typically takes about 10 days before the pup starts swimming, often encouraged by the mother to do so.  This pup had just got out of the water from a good swim with mom (it seemed to me that mom actually pushed the pup up and out of the hole, but I didn't have my camera at that moment to capture it).  Here, mom is busy enlarging a hole for the pup to get in and out of...as you will witness towards the end of the clip!!

It may be better to view this video here (larger and can change the quality).

Video taken by Jesse DeVoe under NMFS Permit No. 17236

When Ice Collides

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Thanks Kate's Real Food for the much needed, and delicious, calories!!




In Any Weather...

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All Weddell seal images obtained under NMFS Permit No. 17236

Taggin' the Pup

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Day Off #1

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The past few days, we have rotated people through some days off, two at a time, so work can continue on the seals, but give everyone a break.  It's easy to overwork yourself with the seals.  It's kind of a dangerous combination of extremely enjoyable work that is very fatiguing, so you can really wear yourself down without realizing it.  So Darren and I went to McMurdo for some R & R.  So today, I continue the Crary Lab tour (where the seal skull was, if you remember), and bring you to the aquarium, where experiments are in action on various marine critters.

Taggin' and Headbaggin'

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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)



The View Outside

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This is our view from the little window in the Center of Excellence.  A mighty fine, if not excellent, place to do your business.

A Quick Pup For You

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Puppin'

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Thus far this season, we have tagged 70 new pups, and in any condition you could dream of, except tropical.  We are on the up-curve of the pupping rampage, which means that every day from here until, say, early to mid November, more and more moms are appearing on the ice and giving birth.  It's a fascinating event to watch; the writhing, wiggly bag-o-bones pup endures any and all conditions that Antarctica throws at it, and the mom seems to just lay there passively, patiently next to the pup to nurse, never leaving its side.  In about 35 days, that will all change, and the pup's perspective on life will alter drastically!


The Catch Up Medley

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We are working in one of the most remote places in the world, and, as of today, we have high speed internet in our little field camp of huts...now that is incredible.  My absence in posting is due to this lack of internet (which hasn't been a bad thing to me!, but, I hope, dear reader, you understand and have been patient).  So this post, is to recap the week of absence, and bring Antarctica right back to you.