Sunday, July 11, 2010

Blood and Eyeball Juice

Me: "What special gear do I need to bring today?"
Chelsea: "Stuff you can get bloody in."
Me: "Wonderful."

Chelsea picked my up at 8:30ish, and we and 3 other people went to the Paula Vina cliffs to do tag resites. It's a lot better than trying to see the tags on birds, because instead of waiting an hour and a half for a bird to stand up, we only have to wait maybe 4 minutes for the seals to move into view. Some of the females have tags on their flippers, and we have to determine the type of tag, the number on the tag, the color of the tag, and things like that. When we got back to staff quarters, I got to cut up some placentas from when the seal pups were born (The placentas were collected from Reef Rookery). After I did that, Chelsea and I had taco's for lunch, and the we butchered part of the reindeer that Juan had shot. I had never butchered a reindeer before, and it's a lot more fun than you might think. At 5:00, Terry, Juan, Bobbet, and I went out to Reef to look for more dead seal pups and placentas. We found one pup and two placentas. Then we took them back to the lab to necropsy the pup and cut up the placentas. The pup died of trauma. He had been sat on and crushed. When we got to him, his mother wasn't around, and the bull was protecting him. We're not sure why, because bulls don't usually care, unless that was the only female in his herrim, because that would be his only pup. I think I'm writing in run-on sentences now. Well I worked 12 hours, and then Juan made chicken fried reindeer for dinner (I cut up that reindeer!!) and it was delicious. Now I think I'm going to go to bed. Goodnight!
More later
Peace out!


  1. Too cool!!! Again...can't wait to see the pictures. :)

  2. The pictuers are a little gory, so I have to look over them before I post them.