For International Day of the Seal, SATURN have collected all of their research on harbour seals.
It may surprise you that that seals are commonly found in the Elbe river: their haul-out sites are located in the intertidal zone, close to the main waterway or in branches. This environment, however, is highly exposed to vessel traffic to & from the busy Port of Hamburg: Germany’s largest port by volume and the third busiest port in Europe.
SATURN has been tagging and tracking harbour seals and through the data from these D-TAGs, they can analyse and assess how harbour seals respond to the underwater noise generated by shipping traffic.
Learn more about their research here.