By Kyler Abernathy, Crittercam Research Director
A new Crittercam project with leopard seals in Antarctica has recently wrapped up.
With NOAA/Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program (AMLR) researcher and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD) student Doug Krause, we’ve been working at Cape Shirreff, on Livingston Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula.
This NOAA study location is a breeding site for Antarctic fur seals and chinstrap and Gentoo penguins–all potential prey for the apex predator leopard seals. There is a highly unusual and growing concentration of the normally rare and elusive leopard seals at this location, which creates an incredible opportunity to study these seals.
The first year of the project is showing significant potential with some really amazing Crittercam footage. While we process that footage and prepare for future deployments, we hope you’ll enjoy the still photos in the gallery above.
All images and recordings in this blog post were collected pursuant to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) permit # 16472-01.