Subject: Data seal location 8/5/98 "Casino","PoeGo" (fwd)

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Wed, 5 Aug 1998 17:21:23 -0400 (EDT)

Mike et al,

Sorry for the long break, but there have been some strange doings in my
absence. 

"Casino":

27583  Date : 29.07.98 08:50:41  LC : 0  IQ : 46 Lat1 : 43.741N  Lon1 :
64.934W 
27583  Date : 29.07.98 10:18:57  LC : 0  IQ : 47 Lat1 : 43.751N  Lon1 :
64.858W 
27583  Date : 29.07.98 10:59:55  LC : 1  IQ : 58 Lat1 : 43.757N  Lon1 :
64.880W 
27583  Date : 30.07.98 07:02:12  LC : B  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 43.954N  Lon1 :
64.597W 
27583  Date : 30.07.98 08:42:17  LC : 1  IQ : 55 Lat1 : 43.888N  Lon1 :
64.780W 
27583  Date : 30.07.98 09:55:00  LC : 2  IQ : 60 Lat1 : 43.877N  Lon1 :
64.770W 
27583  Date : 30.07.98 10:36:36  LC : B  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 43.887N  Lon1 :
64.750W 
27583  Date : 30.07.98 11:30:45  LC : B  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 44.028N  Lon1 :
64.746W 
27583  Date : 31.07.98 06:50:40  LC : 1  IQ : 50 Lat1 : 43.844N  Lon1 :
64.816W 
27583  Date : 31.07.98 08:28:52  LC : B  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 43.827N  Lon1 :
64.560W
 
27583  Date : 04.08.98 16:06:19  LC : A  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 42.820N  Lon1 :
65.904W 

As of the 31st we had 299 locations during a track of 74 days.  Status
messages from the tag showed lower power output than other tags that had
powered off.  At this point I figured this was the last we would hear from
the tag.  The locations showed "casino" working south down the coast of
Nova Scotia, hauling out every day or so.  You might remember that he made
the trip up the coast offshore and passed this area without hauling out on
the way up.  Note that we went four days with no signal from the tag. At
this point I thought the tag had shut down.  So naturally, today we get
another location.  This one is offshore, off of the south east end of Nova
Scotia.  The dive data that came with the location show that he had spent
at least twelve hours, not diving (I'd assume hauled out).  I'm not sure
what this means, but I will wait about a week before declaring this tag
offline.  (Although I do not expect to get much more out of it).

"PoeGo":

27580  Date : 26.07.98 22:47:51  LC : B  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 45.280N  Lon1 :
63.872W 
27580  Date : 30.07.98 01:29:41  LC : B  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 45.460N  Lon1 :
64.538W
27580  Date : 30.07.98 21:55:31  LC : A  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 45.090N  Lon1 :
65.132W 
27580  Date : 30.07.98 21:59:26  LC : B  IQ : 00 Lat1 : 45.167N  Lon1 :
65.089W 

When last we left our hooded seal, he was way up the Bay of Fundy.  It
looks like he has turned around and gotten at least part of the way back
into the Bay.  We have not had a location since the 30th so it is hard to
say where he is right now.  We had not had any information from this tag in
four days (which is about when I start to worry if something is wrong).
Today we did receive data messages (although no location).  The few dive
messages we have show him diving (and again spending a lot of time at
depth) however his dives are not very deep.  This probably means that he is
not over any of the very deep areas of the Gulf of Maine.  We have also had
no indication that he has hauled out (which is probably a good sign).  We
will see what happens (keep your fingers crossed).


ge



Greg Early
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