Seals species that typically make their homes as far north as the Arctic are turning up along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but no one knows exactly why.
A Duke University scientist is hoping to find out more. Along with a team of graduate students, Assistant Professor David Johnston plans to use aerial drones, thermal imaging, remote cameras and video to study the seals, according to Coastal Review Online. The study could take several years to complete.
Seals as large as 500 pounds have been seen along the Outer Banks in recent years, CRO reports.