It’s a variation on the old light bulb jokes – how many researchers does it take to tag a gray seal?
Quite a lot it turns out. A flotilla of five boats departed Ryder’s Cove Marina Thursday morning – all in hope of tagging perhaps one seal before the day was done.
Seal tagging isn’t new but this gray seal would be the first tagged on the East Coast. The idea is to find out where they go, what they do and even what they eat and what germs do they carry. Both recreational and commercial fishermen complain they eat all the fish – and we know great white sharks are here to eat them. Hopefully these $5,000 tags, designed at the Sea Mammal Research Unit at St. Andrews University in Scotland, won’t wind up in some shark’s belly before they do their work.
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