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The BOSS Project

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Story by Matthew Smith

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Bering Sea from the airSurvey cameras
From airplanes flying over the Bering Sea, the BOSS Project has used floor-mounted digital cameras (such as those pictured at bottom) to survey the seals of the waters below.
The BOSS Project is the Bering-Okhotsk Seal Survey, and for the past month, they’ve been flying planes with specialized cameras over the Bering Sea. An international collaboration between NOAA Fisheries and their Russian counterparts, BOSS is using digital cameras alongside heat-sensing thermal cameras to take a population survey of ribboned, spotted, ringed, and bearded seals.

John Jansen, a biologist who works for NOAA Fisheries out of Seattle, has been in Nome since April, flying over remote parts of the Bering and helping complete the survey.

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