Much of what we know about marine mammal migration and behavior is the result of keen observation by patient naturalists, fishermen, citizen scientists and researchers. In many cases, we learn through the imprecise science of serendipity whereby a matrix of possibilities results in a report: the right person in the right place at the right time knowing the right person to contact.

Have you seen a seal or some other marine mammal with a tag? A uniquely marked individual? An interesting behavior? Or maybe you are not quite sure what it is you saw? The Marine Animal Identification Network (MAIN) provides information on tagged animals (primarily seals) and a database of sightings. MAIN hopes that citizen scientists will help in recording these reports and invites them to join. Learn about research on seals and other marine animals and participate in the process of learning about their travels.

MAIN is a project of the Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium (NASRC). It was created with support from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Marine Mammal Center.