Seal Watch

Seal Watch

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Project Summary

Seals are important indicators for the health of our oceans, but it's often difficult to monitor their populations, especially in remote regions. This project aims to learn more about the breeding behaviour and the number of individuals - help us to monitor seal populations around the world by tagging individuals in timelapse and drone photographs.

Need to know

  • Start Date: 07/07/2020
  • End Date: 31/12/2020
  • County: National
  • Organisation Name: University of Hawai’i (C. Foley), University of Oxford (T. Hart)
  • Project Category: Species surveys,Other


Project Description

As top predators, seals are considered sentinels of changes within their ecosystem. Because they spend the majority of their life in water and fall at the top of the food chain, variation in the size or structure of their populations may be representative of larger changes to the world’s oceans. We hope to measure these changes year-round at a range of study sites around the world to better understand how threats to the ecosystem disrupt the dynamics of resident wildlife.


Seal Watch aims to study populations of seals around the world and to understand how and why their populations are changing. You can help by identifying seals in time-lapse and drone photographs!