Seals

This week I had the opportunity to ride out North of town in a Piston Bully with a scientist name Stacy Kim to retrieve one of her dive huts.  Stacy is a researcher in Benthic Ecology which is the study of how organisms that live on the sea floor interact to form communities.  Stacy uses a tethered, submersible ROV with various instrumentation to help her research.  The ROV occasionally requires divers to be in the water.  That’s where the dive hut comes in, also known as an apple.

The horizontal feature in this picture is a crack in the sea ice.  Seals use these cracks to get up on the ice.  They don’t ever have to worry about anything when they’re out of the water because they are to of the food chain outside of the ocean.  There were 6 or 7 mothers and pups laying out.

This little guy says, “Pass the Milk, I be thirsty!”

Nice doggies.

 

This is a breathing hole the seals use

 

Seal poo.

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