Weddell seal field research team members Jessica Farrer and Jesse DeVoe, and I were able to spend a little time in a helicopter over some of the Erebus Bay Weddell seal population study area recently to obtain some project aerial photography and video of some of the larger Weddell seal colonies here in Erebus Bay. Below are images from Jessica and Jesse of two particularly interesting colony areas that are part of the ongoing Weddell seal population study.
The first image by Jessica Farrer shows the Weddell seal colony at Big Razorback Island. You can see numerous seals scattered out from the tide crack along this part of the island, and the study field camp in the upper right portion of the image.
In the image below by Jesse DeVoe, you can see some of the pressure ridges that form down from Ross Island toward the sea ice of Erebus Bay near an area called Turk's Head, which is the location of another large colony of Weddell seals. You can see the sea ice edge off in the distance just beyond Cape Royds in the upper right portion of the image.
For more of Jesse's aerial images, check out his post, An Aerial View.
- Mary Lynn Price