Nicole Marie Teutschel at Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz, CA--As adult northern elephant seals are at sea, juveniles dominate the beaches at Año Nuevo. Most TOPP E Seal research focuses on adult animals, this fall there was we partnered with Sean Hayes at NOAA to test some new tagging technology with a biologging study with juvenile E Seals.
Ashley Pearson at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab, CA-- The E Seal Team spends a lot of time on the beach resighting, tagging, weighing, measuring, and collecting samples. However, the E Seal Team's day doesn't end when we leave the beautiful Año Nuevo State Reserve coastlines. Back to the lab we enter loads of data! In the field we keep track of seals that we have seen so that we can enter it into our databases. We use the databases to track information like: