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Fur Seal colony census, in Cape Cross, Namibia | by Pierre Lesage
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Fur Seal colony census, in Cape Cross, Namibia

Using KAP for wild life survey is not as simple as I thought it would be !

Visiting Cape Cross fur seal colony in Namibia (with a population from 250 000 to 300 000, it is believed to be largest colony of fur seals in the world), I thought it would be fun to shoot the colony from above and find some ways to number its population.

We quickly found out that the kite needs to be silent and very high in the sky not to be considered as a threat (we attached the camera almost 200 meters (600 feeet) below the flow form 16)

Obviously the close ups are more interesting than the general views where you can count thousands and thousands of seals. I suppose we now need to measure the area which was photographed, count the number of seals, we would then get a population ratio of inhabitatnts per square meter and maybe the global population.

An other problem is to evaluate the number of seals swimming....

Not a very scientific approach but a fun one, especially when some visitors asked us if we were doing a census of the seal population... we had to say yes as it was the answer they were expecting !(no, they were not French !!!)

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Taken on May 21, 2009