Harbor Haul Out I
In an ironic twist that, knowing my professor, may not have been entirely chance, today as the Harp Seal hunt began in Canada, I was headed out to find seals here in LIS.
Examining the impacts of "watching" excursions on marine mammals for one of my classes. What better way to explore it than to go out and do some watching. Some of the Harbor Seals that summer in the Gulf of Maine like to overwinter down here with us. We visited a string of haul out rocks they like to use in Fishers Island Sound today. Counted over 100 hauled out in one spot, plus at least 14 in the water. Two of the other spots each had 10-30. The last, usually a favorite had none...hauled out or in the water. Hmmm...
We stayed pretty far back generally (these are with a 400mm) after one run in to check their reaction.