Seal Tagging Underway in Maine

NEFSC biologist Gordon Waring with a harbor seal pup in June 2006 during collaborative tagging studies with the U/Maine to monitor pup movements around Blue Hill Bay, Maine. (Credit: James Gilbert, University of Maine)

Bangor Daily News: Scientists have been working for days catching seals in nets, tagging them and then releasing them as part of the 2011 seal count.

The New England harbor seal counts happen every decade and this year are based out of Rockland.

Three boats are visiting coves in Penobscot Bay where researchers catch the seals in a net, weigh them, and place radio tags and a permanent flipper tag on them. The scientists also are taking blood samples from the animals before releasing them back into the salt water.

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