2002 Aerial Surveys of Grey Seals in the Northeastern United States

  • Stephanie A Wood University of Massachusetts, Boston, Biology Dept., 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02129
  • Solange Brault University of Massachusetts, Boston, Biology Dept., 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02129
  • James R Gilbert University of Maine, Department of Wildlife Ecology, 210 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469
Keywords: grey seals, Maine, Massachusetts, aerial surveys, abundance

Abstract

In the past 20 years, grey seals have become established in coastal waters of the Northeastern United States. There are 3 sites where pupping and breeding occurs in January and February, 2 in Maine and 1 in Massachusetts. In 2002 we recorded a minimum of 1,040 pups born, primarily on Muskeget Island in Massachusetts. Pupping peaks in January on Muskeget Island but is significantly later on the 2 islands in Maine. A total of 3,326 grey seals (adults, juveniles and pups) were counted.
Published
2007-01-01
How to Cite
WoodS. A., BraultS., & GilbertJ. R. (2007). 2002 Aerial Surveys of Grey Seals in the Northeastern United States. NAMMCO Scientific Publications, 6, 117-121. https://doi.org/10.7557/3.2727