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Seal study will gather new data

Modified: Thursday, Sep 18th, 2014

Shea Steingass, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, right, helps place a satellite transmitter on the head of a harbor seal. A team of 13 people, including local researchers, worked to capture 11 harbor seals for an ongoing research project. The seals were released back into the water on the same day they were captured. The work was done under National Marine Fisheries Service federal permit No. 16991. (Photo by Abbie Tumbleson)

WALDPORT — Shea Steingass, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, was part of a research team involved in giving area harbor seals new head decorations last week.

The team, which included researchers from OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute and Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Moss Landing Marine Lab and students from the University of California Santa Cruz and Humboldt State University, spent Sept. 9-10 capturing 11 harbor seals in Alsea Bay in Waldport and Netarts Bay south of Tillamook.

The purpose of the captures was so that the research team could place satellite transmitters on the heads of the harbor seals. They plan to collect current data about the behavior and movement of the seals along the Oregon coast. The work, which was done under National Marines Fisheries Service federal permit No. 16991, will be ongoing for several years, according to Steingass.

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