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Steller Sea Lion Survival and Reproduction
March, 24th 2017
What We Hope To Learn:
We will continue to collect data from LHX1 tags as individuals die and give us more information on overall survival, predation rates and potential predators. LHX2 tags will be implanted in subadult females and have the capacity to track lifetime pupping rates. This information is crucial for accurate modeling of population trajectories and for those agencies tasked with managing the species.
We do maintain a separate project specific website that contains a lot of additional details on the project: www.sealtag.org
There you can find more information about what we hope to learn from this project, how LHX tags work and compare to other types of tags, how we catch sea lions (with underwater video!). You can also find a curriculum with classroom activities for grades 6-12, and associated instructional material.
If you ever find one of these tags on a beach somewhere, please contact us: LHX tags store more data in memory than they can transmit via satellite, and so if we get our hands on these tags, we may be able to learn even more about what happened to some of our animals.
There is even a reward out for the return of these tags!