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Survey of the grey seal population in the Lower Saxonian Wadden Sea

Project data

Project leader: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Scientific work: Abbo van Neer
Project term: since 2012 until August 2017
Sponsorship: National Park Administration "Lower Saxony Wadden Sea", Wilhelmshaven

 

Project description

The aim of the project is the population survey of grey seals in the Lower Saxonian Wadden Sea during the annually breeding season.

Flight supported surveys with single-engine aircrafts will be conducted on trilateral synchronised dates. The haulouts (see photograph below) will be photographed with a high-resolution reflex camera while flying across the Wadden Sea areas. The photographs will be evaluated in order to determine the total population, the distribution and number of pups.

For the constituent the recorded population counts and distribution shall serve as a base for the creation of grey seal distribution maps.


Foto of grey seals, taken by plane. © ITAW, van Neer

Contact person

University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research Werftstr. 6 25761 Büsum

 

Dr. Helena Herr

Tel.:+49 511 856-8153

Fax.:+49 511 856-8181

 

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Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
Werftstr. 6
25761 Büsum
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