Back to civilization

It was a crazy last few weeks on the island, but now the last heart-rate monitors have been retrieved, the females have headed out to sea and the pups are finishing up their post-weaning fast before trying out the whole ‘marine mammal’ thing themselves!

A mum arriving late to the colony. At least she will have some peace and quiet as most other females have already returned to sea!

A mum arriving late to the colony. At least she will have some peace and quiet as most other females have already returned to sea!

For my first season out on the May, I have to say it was quite an experience! The weather was fairly mild, the scenery was gorgeous and Hayley and I got to try our hands at various new research techniques and methods. We ended up with a great sample of 20 females; so combined with the previous years’ data, we should be well on our way to starting to investigate our research questions.

But like with any time in the field, for every one question we answer, another has arisen. And so we retreat to our offices, our computers and coffee and will work for the next 10 months trying to make sense of it all. That is, until the cool air returns, the leaves begin to fall, and the seals call us back into the field!.

A young weaned pup exploring the island

A young weaned pup exploring the island

As always, we will try to do periodic updates of the blog during the year with news and facts; or you can check out some of our other contributions to blogs, like this one through the Mammal Society.

Last night on the Isle of May!

Last night on the Isle of May!

Till next time!!

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