Northeast Fisheries Science Center: Gray seal pupping season is underway on Maine’s Seal Island, and “Seal Cam” is once again capturing the colony’s activities via live streaming video. The camera was turned on in December at the start of the gray seal pupping season and has already captured the live birth of a baby seal, social behaviors between adults, and interactions with bald eagles on the island.
Seal cam, powered by solar panels, will be streaming live footage daily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through early February. The footage can be seen on explore.org’s web site at http://explore.org/seals.
The seal cam site was officially launched January 8 with a live chat with Stephanie Wood, a Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) seal researcher. Wood and Gordon Waring, who heads the NEFSC seal research program, learned in late November that a remote video camera would be available again this year for research during gray seal pupping season on Seal Island.
Seal Island has the second largest gray seal pupping colony in the United States. The 65-acre uninhabited island is located in outer Penobscot Bay about 20 miles south of Rockland and is also home to large colonies of Atlantic puffins, Arctic terns, bald eagles, and other seabirds. The island is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and is managed by the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in cooperation with the National Audubon Society. Muskeget Island, a small privately owned island just northwest of Nantucket off the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, has the largest gray seal breeding and pupping colony in the U.S.
View live footage of the seal colony on Seal Island.
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