Our dive hut’s first pop in visitor

We had a visitor to our dive hut just before hitting the water today. A Weddell Seal!!!

Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) Not the one we actually saw.

As soon as we  stepped into the hut and closed the door a Weddell Seal pup popped up in our dive hole for a breather. The little guy splashed around for a bit and seemed to be just as interested in us as we all were in him, peering up at us with his big doe eyes. I should clarify the Weddell Seals can easily weigh over 200lbs just 6 months after birth (and this guys was over 200lbs). He didn’t linger much longer than 30-45 seconds before disappearing back down the dive hole.

We could hear him calling out to his buddies through the ice as soon as he passed out of sight. A great start to the dive trip.

We followed shortly after down the same hole and collected all 9 of the samples we needed to start testing our experimental design. Fingers crossed that all goes well and we can start gearing up for the big experiment without delay.

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