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Cape Cod gray seal population estimated at up to 50K

While the first day of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission’s annual meeting, held for the first time on Cape Cod, dealt with threats to a tiny Mexican porpoise and massive Arctic polar bears, Thursday’s sessions brought the focus home with a profoundly local subject: gray seals. “These animals are reassuming their ecological roles,” said David Johnston, an assistant professor at Duke University. “And people freak out.” Seals are back in force, with between 30,000 and 50,000 living in the waters of Southeastern Massachusetts, primarily on and around Cape Cod, according to a new estimate produced by Johnston to be published in an upcoming report. Feelings about their return, however, are decidedly mixed.,, “They are unprepared that these predators are back in their environment,” Johnston said about people, comparing the gray seal’s historic comeback to that of the reintroduction of the gray wolf in the Western U.S. (I hate these people!) continue reading the story here 19:43

Gray seal population needs no protection – Mike Rice, South Wellfleet

seals, cape codAccording to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the giant panda is being taken off the endangered species list and reclassified as vulnerable. A nationwide Chinese census taken in 2014 found 1,864 giant pandas in the wild, up from 1,596 back in 2004. An estimated 40,000-plus gray seals alone call Monomoy Island off Chatham home. That leaves me wondering why the gray seal is still protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. As the gray seal population in Cape waters continues to boom, drawing more great white sharks to our area every summer, I’m left thinking the tourist industry here may soon join the fishing industry, and be classified as vulnerable, too. It’s time to de-list the gray seal from the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Link 08:49

WhIther oh where do gray seals go?

“We don’t know much about what they do when they’re off the beach,” said Gordon  Waring, who heads the seal program at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in  Woods Hole. “Do they stay in Massachusetts waters? How far offshore do they go?  Do they go to Georges Bank or are those Canadian seals? They are highly  mobile.”   [email protected]

Coalition pushing for seal control measures

Krogh describes the increase of the seal population of the Cape and Islands as an “infestation.” Along with Peter Howell and Guy Snowden, Krogh founded the Seal Abatement Coalition,,,,,,,Read More. Oil up the gun’!http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120902/NEWS/209020327/-1/NEWSLETTER100