Scientists monitor seals in Kenmare Bay

Tags attached to seals in Kenmare Bay one of Ireland`s biggest seal haul out locations are sending regular text messages to a mobile phone in Scotland. As part of an innovative research project the information tells scientists roughly where the seals are and how much time they spend at sea. It also puts into context figures from a national seal census carried out from the air in 2003.The tags will remain on for five to ten months and will fall off during the seal’s annual moult. The UCC Coastal and Marine Resources Centre in association with the Sea Mammal and Research Unit in Scotland is co-funded by the Higher Education Authority and The National Parks and Wildlife service.

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