|Harbor Seals in Elkhorn Slough, CA (Photo: L. Matthews)|
Luckily, over this past year, I’ve been able to team up with Jim Harvey at Moss Landing Marine Lab to be added as a co-investigator on his existing harbor seal permit. Jim Harvey is basically THE go-to guy when it comes to west coast harbor seal research. We thought that we’d gotten in all the necessary paperwork on time for my anticipated start date, but it turns out that there’s been a surge of permit applications, the permit office is a bit overwhelmed, and ours isn’t exactly at the top of the list. It’s currently April 25th and I’ve yet to collect any data. *sigh* So much for that April 15th start date.
FUN SCIENCE FACT #37: The Challenger Deep is the lowest point on Earth. Located in the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific, the Challenger Deep is approximately 10,916 m (35,814 ft) deep. That's like putting Mt. Everest underwater and then still having another mile over water on top of it. Maybe if you stacked like nine Empire State Buildings on top of each other you'd hit the surface.
|Photo: The Apricity|