Data Location Seal "Lucky" (fwd)

From: mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Date: Thu Mar 01 2001 - 15:18:25 EST


Remember all of what I said yesterday??...well never mind... It appears
that the problem was not with the tag or "Lucky", and more data has begun
to arrive at this end. Just to add insult to embarrassment it appears that
"Lucky" has made yet another unexpected change of direction and behavior.
Keep in mind that most folks do not think harbor seals spend a great deal
of time offshore, and would be spending most of their time to the south
around Cape Cod at this time of the year. So where did "Lucky" go while I
was trying to find the location data? Well, north of course, and back to
the coast. Over the weekend, it appears that "Lucky" headed nearly
straight north and swam close to ninety miles during those three to four
days. His latest location puts him just to the north of Harpswell, Maine.
Also, it does not appear that he has spent a great deal of time hauled out,
once he reached the coast. All of this gets stranger when you consider
that after better than a month and one half after his release, and a swim
from the middle of the Gulf of Maine, to the southern part of Cape Cod Bay,
"Lucky" is now only about 30 miles north of his release point.

I guess the bottom line is that if I really knew what this seal would do, I
would not be tracking him in the first place.

The Data: (note that the LC quality is much better when he is near shore.
These locations, however are moving around and too far apart to be sent by
a seal that is sitting out of the water. It does probably mean that he is
staying near the surface more and the conditions are better for
transmission of clear signals)

27480 Date : 25.02.01 08:38:19 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.783N Lon1 :
70.035W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 09:00:07 LC : A IQ : 50Lat1 : 42.795N Lon1 :
70.022W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 09:31:24 LC : 3 IQ : 68Lat1 : 42.813N Lon1 :
70.017W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 10:37:53 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.864N Lon1 :
70.008W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 16:49:14 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.993N Lon1 :
70.112W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 18:26:59 LC : 1 IQ : 56Lat1 : 43.019N Lon1 :
70.000W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 19:17:34 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 43.027N Lon1 :
70.024W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 20:23:37 LC : 2 IQ : 66Lat1 : 43.062N Lon1 :
70.027W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 20:53:15 LC : 3 IQ : 66Lat1 : 43.068N Lon1 :
70.043W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 22:08:10 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.116N Lon1 :
69.985W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 22:36:46 LC : A IQ : 50Lat1 : 43.120N Lon1 :
70.008W
27480 Date : 25.02.01 22:48:20 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.105N Lon1 :
70.044W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 00:26:28 LC : 1 IQ : 58Lat1 : 43.166N Lon1 :
70.031W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 00:33:04 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 43.160N Lon1 :
70.050W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 06:50:48 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.338N Lon1 :
70.174W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 08:29:44 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 43.403N Lon1 :
70.216W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 08:45:35 LC : 3 IQ : 68Lat1 : 43.419N Lon1 :
70.209W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 09:10:26 LC : 1 IQ : 56Lat1 : 43.427N Lon1 :
70.229W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 18:17:38 LC : 1 IQ : 58Lat1 : 43.656N Lon1 :
70.104W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 19:58:03 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 43.700N Lon1 :
70.053W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 20:15:33 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.724N Lon1 :
70.065W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 20:32:12 LC : 2 IQ : 68Lat1 : 43.726N Lon1 :
70.053W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 21:54:45 LC : 3 IQ : 66Lat1 : 43.740N Lon1 :
70.003W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 22:12:28 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 43.744N Lon1 :
69.993W
27480 Date : 26.02.01 22:23:55 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.755N Lon1 :
69.994W
27480 Date : 27.02.01 00:04:32 LC : 2 IQ : 58Lat1 : 43.730N Lon1 :
70.021W
27480 Date : 27.02.01 00:19:17 LC : 2 IQ : 68Lat1 : 43.730N Lon1 :
70.032W
27480 Date : 27.02.01 01:57:05 LC : 3 IQ : 68Lat1 : 43.723N Lon1 :
70.038W
27480 Date : 27.02.01 06:39:00 LC : 2 IQ : 56Lat1 : 43.751N Lon1 :
69.898W

Greg Early
Edgerton Research Laboratory
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts
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617-973-6592 (phone)
617-723-9705 (FAX)
gearly@neaq.org
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