OCEAN MYSTERIES on ABC TV aired a special that includes our Open Water Research Station.

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OCEAN MYSTERIES on ABC TV aired a special that includes our Open Water Research Station.

OCEAN MYSTERIES on ABC TV aired a special that includes our Open Water Research Station. This episode first aired January 11 2014 on ABC.   See a preview clip here: See full episode here >. The Open Water segment starts at 7 minutes in... if you want to skip the other part.

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Today the team at the Open Water Research Station …

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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Calculating the limits of diving: Open water research provides clues to behavior in wild populations

Basic research into Steller sea lion physiology can help to answer important questions in the field. A recent Consortium study offers new insights into the physiological limits of diving, and could help researchers to better understand the behavior of sea lions in the wild. See full story >

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Video demonstration of transiting study

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.  

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