Information Page

"Tom" and "Nikki"
(Harp Seal and Harbor Seal)


Released- July 2003
Granite Point, Biddeford, Maine

Data and Maps

  • Data Sheet

  • Reports - the Seals

  • Tracking Maps - Tom or Nikki, Present and Past Locations Map
    Release Location

  • Addition blank maps for plotting positions.
  • Compass

    Analysis Tools

    Seal Notes:

    "Nikki" - MARC-03-008-Pv REL-042

    The North Carolina Stranding Network and the Virginia Marine Science Museum rescued this Harbor Seal on February 9, 2003, from Cape Lookout, North Carolina. She suffered injuries from being entangled in fishing gear and the resulting in deep lacerations to her neck. At the time of her rescue, she was 24 lbs (12.31 kgs) and 96.5 cms long. She was immediately deemed "Nearly Headless Nikki" as the fishing gear was cutting into her neck. Nikki spent her early days at the Virginia Marine Science Museum, as she was too weak for transport to UNE's MARC for long-term rehabilitation and release. She was finally transported to Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (MARC) on Feb 21, 2003. At MARC she quickly gained weight and strength. At the time of her release on July 16, 2003 she weighed 103 lbs (46.85 kgs) and was 96.5 cms long. This satellite tag was made possible with financial assistance through grants provided by the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (Prescott Stranding Grant Program).

    "Thomas" - MARC-03-007-Pg (CCSN-03-014-Pg)

    The Cape Cod Stranding Network rescued this Harp Seal on February 8, 2003 from New Bedford Massachusetts. He was lethargic, underweight, had discharge from both eyes and sand in his mouth. He was immediately transferred to UNE's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (MARC) where he received treatment for his ailments. At stranding he was 61.16 lbs (27.8 kgs) and 114 cms long. At his release on July 16, 2003 he weighed 148 lbs (67.31 kgs)and measured 114.5 cms in length.

    During rehabilitation, Thomas was part of a research study conducted by Mystic Aquarium. The study focused Hooded and Harp Seals at UNE's MARC, The Riverhead Foundation and Mystic Aquarium's respective stranding programs. The study and the satellite tag was funded by theJohn H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (Prescott Stranding Grant Program).

    Collaborating Institutions

    Mystic Aquarium, The Riverhead Foundation, Virginia Marine Science Museum,

    Cape Cod Stranding Network and the National Aquarum in Baltimore

    Additional Maps / Analysis Tools

    Stop Cover Page
    * * *


    click here

    Home Page