Field Studies: Elephant seal Behavior and Physiology 3A; Jan 4-6,2019

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Field Studies: Elephant seal Behavior and Physiology 3A; Jan 4-6,2019

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Field Studies: Northern Elephant Seal Behavior and Physiology

January 4-6, 2018 9am -2pm

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The Winter Birthing and Mating season for Northern elephant seals is only two months away. This ear, we will be offering Field Studies Courses, which will give students an opportunity to do extended observations of elephant seal behavior including mother/pup interactions, male/male interactions, mating behavior, and harem dynamics.

Students will learn how field scientists estimate population size, pup births, and learn to understand vocal communications between seals. Students will also learn about the incredible physiological adaptations that allow these seals to dive to depths exceeding 1000 meters, while staying submerged for up to 1 hour.

Fasting behavior while on land, maternal investment, and pup behavior will also be included in our discussions. Classes will be conducted by John Sanders, Director of Delphinus School of Natural History, who spent 8 years studying these amazing animals in the field at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, the original mainland haul out location for the species.