Today marked the first day that the whole team were out in the field, while Amy and James were watching the males I was keeping an eye on the females. Although the field season has only just begun we have already observed some interesting behaviours. One female in particular, with the elegant name of RA1, has drawn our attention moving backwards and forwards between her pup and a shallow pool 50 metres away. Why she does this is not yet clear, one possibility is that she just likes being in the water, alternatively it may be that she is attracted to the male that also spends time at the pool. We don’t know the answer but this behaviour is unusual.
In other news. The number of seals coming ashore to give birth is steadily increasing as the season progresses, in just one or two weeks the site will be a hive of activity as the season reaches its peak. Today also saw one birth at the study site to a female currently named PA6. We’ll keep you updated with our progress right here on the blog.