Tagged Harbor Seal – Alsea Bay, Oregon

As I was taking pix of the seal nursery a couple days ago I was watching a mom and pup in the water.  He was very vocal.  He started whining when he was in the water.  I figured he was hungry.

Tagged seal mom with pup
Tagged seal mom with pup

I didn’t notice the tag at this point.  I was just watching them because the pup was so entertaining.  Like a whiney kid in a grocery store.  hahaha

Upper Haulout Under Alsea Bay Bridge
Upper Haulout Under Alsea Bay Bridge

They hauled out at the upper sandbar, just on the east side of the Alsea Bay Bridge.

A175 with pup
A175 with pup

I got busy taking pix of the others while she and her pup moved further onto the sand.  Then I noticed the tag and tried to get a clear shot of it.

Zoomed-in on tag: A175
Zoomed-in on tag: A175

I snapped the shot then looked on the camera display to zoom in.  I can see it says ‘A175’.

I love finding out the history on the wildlife.  I asked my friend what he could find out on Mama Seal tagged A175.  He sent me the report of a study the Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife did with the Hatfield Marine Science Center.  They studied the feeding habits of the harbor seals on salmon in the Alsea Bay and River.

Turns out A175 was tagged in 2002 with an acoustic tag.  She is #10 in the study (see Figure 1, page 3).   The seals having the biggest impact on salmon were tracked up-river.  But this one was a good girl and stayed in the ocean and bay.  See Figure 3, page 7.

Wright et al 2007 Alsea seals-salmon EA 17-2 338-351

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