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gray seal pup with white coat A seal pup with white coat on Maine's Seal Island. Photo courtesy explore.org

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February 2, 2018
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

"Seal Cam": Monitoring Gray Seal Births and Behavior on Maine's Seal Island

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Gray seal pupping season is underway on Maine’s Seal Island, and “Seal Cam” is once again capturing the colony’s activities via live streaming video. The camera was turned on in December at the start of the gray seal pupping season and continues for about six weeks. In addition to seal pups, the camera captures images of social behaviors between adults, and interactions with bald eagles and other birds on the island.

Seal cam, powered by solar panels, will be streaming live footage daily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through early February. The footage can be seen on explore.org's web site.

Stephanie Wood, a Northeast Fisheries Science Center seal researcher, has used the camera to gather information about timing of seal pup births and interactions between pups and adults. At other times of the year the camera is used to capture puffins and other birds nesting on the island.

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has collaborated with explore.org for a number of years to use the camera during gray seal pupping season.

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