Today the team at the Open Water Research Station was testing an animal-borne research tag for Colin Ware at the University of New Hampshire. Here are a few photos from the swims.
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This video is a demonstration of a “transiting study”. The animals are trained to swim alongside the boat at set speeds or for set distances. This can be used to compare how much energy it takes to swim horizontally vs. how much energy it takes to dive. We finished up the transiting portion of the study a few months ago. We will be starting the comparative dive portion in a few weeks. Boat follows are a great way to maintain animal fitness and open water training. We use this technique on weekends and between studies.
June 3, 2013 Ten years ago this month, we began a “grand experiment” by moving our first two sea lions (Sitka and Boni) from the Vancouver Aquarium to the Open Water Research Station. This day kicked off a memorable decade of scientific research but, at the time, no one knew quite what to expect. How would the sea lions – who had been raised most of their lives in an Aquarium – react to life in the open ocean? SLIDE SHOW: The Open Water Research Station starting from 2003 when it opened click on photo to see next photo The journey for the sea lions began with a truck ride down to a boat launch,...