Data Location Seal Louise

From: Mike Williamson (williams@whale.wheelock.edu)
Date: Tue May 14 2002 - 12:21:39 EDT


Things seem to be picking up (in a couple of senses). First, we seem to be
getting better and more signals from "Louise" as the days pass. Since she
was released we have gotten 33 locations from the satellite...13 of those in
the past 24 hours. All of these locations so far have come from Casco Bay
(east of Portland). They appear to be clustering around an area with a 4
mile radius that is centered on a small outcropping of rocks (called Halfway
Rocks). It appears that she may be going on and off of these rocks for
short haul outs, but it is a bit difficult to say for sure with so little
data.

Secondly the weather in her area has gotten pretty bad in the past day. Her
location is quite near to a NOAA weather buoy station, so we can get a
pretty good idea of the current conditions nearby. In the past twenty four
hours the wind has picked up started generating steep waves over 12 feet in
height. This may be quite a surprise for a seal that has been living in a
tank for the past month or so. (see the attached graph)

Hopefully we will be able to follow what she does as this storm passes over
her location.

Here are a couple of websites that can be used to find weather and wave data
in the Gulf of Maine.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.phtml?station=44007
http://www.gomoos.org/

Location Data:

01657 Date : 13.05.02 10:10:00 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 43.650N Lon1 :
70.011W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 11:54:40 LC : 0 IQ : 46Lat1 : 42.603N Lon1 :
69.126W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 12:36:22 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 42.768N Lon1 :
67.929W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 16:54:58 LC : 3 IQ : 68Lat1 : 43.657N Lon1 :
70.040W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 17:24:52 LC : 1 IQ : 56Lat1 : 43.651N Lon1 :
70.019W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 19:08:17 LC : 2 IQ : 58Lat1 : 43.630N Lon1 :
70.036W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 19:51:35 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.618N Lon1 :
70.028W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 21:28:54 LC : 2 IQ : 68Lat1 : 43.610N Lon1 :
70.073W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 21:46:13 LC : B IQ : 00Lat1 : 41.009N Lon1 :
70.906W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 22:19:16 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.595N Lon1 :
70.059W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 23:22:17 LC : 3 IQ : 68Lat1 : 43.596N Lon1 :
70.052W
01657 Date : 13.05.02 23:57:06 LC : A IQ : 08Lat1 : 43.588N Lon1 :
70.062W

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Greg Early
Senior Scientist for Field Research
Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI)
PO Box 1652
55 Main Street
Blue Hill, ME 04614
tel.: 207-374-2135 ex 15
fax: 207-374-2931
email: GregEarly@downeast.net
web: www.meriresearch.org



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