Field Frame Friday: To know the seal, one must BE the seal!

When data collection is cancelled because of the pandemic, one must get creative to stay connected to their study species. For me, this means free-diving in Monterey Bay. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are often found in the kelp forests, using different strategies for foraging and hunting. One strategy is called the sit-and-wait, where seals can control their buoyancy to stay at different depths and inconspicuously wait for their prey to swim by. Harbor seals are very good at this, I on the other hand, still need to work on breath control and buoyancy.

[Photo and caption by Karli Chudeau]

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