Data Location Seal "Lucky" (fwd)

From: mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Date: Tue Mar 06 2001 - 16:00:10 EST


Latest locations for "Lucky"...

There are probably better days to be a harbor seal out at sea...

For the past 24 hours or so (and for probably another 18-24 hours) a major
storm (nor'easter) has been passing pretty much directly over "Lucky"s
head. These are (obviously) huge storms. The long duration and speed of
the winds can generate large waves even well offshore.

Lucky's latest positions show that he is still offshore near Wildcat Knoll
(roughly 20 miles from Cape Ann and Provincetown, and about 25-30 miles
east of Boston). Once again he is staying within a small region of the
Knoll and seems to be moving around an area of several square miles. This
is very similar to his behavior during his past trips to this location.
Keep in mind he has been within about ten miles of this location on two
separate occasions over the past month or so. So far he is showing an
uncanny ability to re-locate this general location even after side trips of
several days and up to one hundred miles.

To get some idea of just how nasty the storm is getting out that way, check
the latest data from theNational Buoy Data Center
(http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/index.shtml). Lucky is roughly between two
stations, but the data below is from one (the Gulf of Maine Buoy)...note
the rise in wave height as the storm passes over, with waves over 20 feet
and winds of over 40 knots right now....

Hopefully, we get to see what happens over the next day or so as the storm
passes...

(Time is in GMT...same as the location data)

MM DD HH_GMT WDIR W SPD GST WVHT DPD ATMP°F WTMP°F
                                knts knts ft. sec.

3 6 12 NE 33 40.8 23 11 33.8 38.5
3 6 11 NE 31.1 40.8 22.6 11 34 38.3
3 6 10 NE 33 42.7 21.3 11 34.2 38.3
3 6 9 NE 33 44.7 23.3 11 34.2 38.5
3 6 8 NE 35 46.6 22.6 11 34.3 39
3 6 7 NE 35 46.6 23.6 10 34.5 38.3
3 6 6 NE 36.9 46.6 22.6 11 34.9 37.8
3 6 5 NE 35 44.7 20.3 11 34.9 37.8
3 6 4 NE 35 46.6 - - 35.1 37.8
3 6 3 NE 35 42.7 17.1 9 34.9 37.8
3 6 2 NE 35 42.7 15.7 9 34.7 37.8
3 6 1 NE 35 42.7 13.1 9 34.3 37.6
3 6 0 ENE 35 42.7 13.8 8 34.2 37.6
3 5 23 ENE 33 40.8 11.5 8 34.3 37.6
3 5 22 ENE 31.1 38.9 10.2 8 34.2 37.6
3 5 21 ENE 29.1 35 8.9 7 34.9 37.2
3 5 20 ENE 29.1 36.9 7.9 7 34.2 37
3 5 19 ENE 27.2 31.1 7.5 6 33.4 37
3 5 18 ENE 25.3 31.1 6.2 5 32.9 37
3 5 17 ENE 21.4 27.2 5.9 6 32.2 37
3 5 16 ENE 21.4 23.3 5.2 5 32 37
3 5 15 ENE 17.5 21.4 4.9 5 30.7 37
3 5 14 E 17.5 21.4 4.6 5 30.6 37
3 5 13 E 17.5 21.4 4.6 5 30.9 37

Location Data:

27480 Date : 05.03.01 08:56:01 LC : A IQ : 60Lat1 : 42.577N Lon1 :
69.992W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 09:03:50 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.572N Lon1 :
69.985W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 09:47:02 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.587N Lon1 :
70.030W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 10:43:14 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.580N Lon1 :
70.003W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 17:04:54 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.595N Lon1 :
69.979W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 18:45:32 LC : 2 IQ : 68Lat1 : 42.581N Lon1 :
69.985W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 18:52:54 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 42.575N Lon1 :
69.970W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 19:33:26 LC : A IQ : 07Lat1 : 42.574N Lon1 :
69.937W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 20:25:24 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 42.558N Lon1 :
69.972W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 21:23:56 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 42.564N Lon1 :
70.005W
27480 Date : 05.03.01 23:04:13 LC : 2 IQ : 68Lat1 : 42.573N Lon1 :
69.999W
27480 Date : 06.03.01 00:46:25 LC : 1 IQ : 58Lat1 : 42.559N Lon1 :
70.009W
27480 Date : 06.03.01 02:04:37 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 42.561N Lon1 :
69.984W
27480 Date : 06.03.01 03:47:15 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 42.548N Lon1 :
69.988W
27480 Date : 06.03.01 05:22:37 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 42.559N Lon1 :
70.006W
27480 Date : 06.03.01 07:06:41 LC : 0 IQ : 58Lat1 : 42.550N Lon1 :
69.977W

ge

Greg Early
Edgerton Research Laboratory
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, Mass 02110
617-973-6592 (phone)
617-723-9705 (FAX)
gearly@neaq.org



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