I found a tag! What do I do?

The following information is adapted from sealtag.org.

The LHX1 tag looks like a large capsule a little smaller than a soda can, either pink and grey or yellow and grey. (Note: LHX2 are a bit smaller, and can fit in the palm of your hand.) LHX tags are implanted and designed to study the life and death of Steller sea lions. Life History Transmitters only come out of a body after an animal dies.

Satellite tags are a bit less conspicuous and may blend in with their surroundings once they wash up on shore. Pop-off satellite tags will detach when they have reached the end of their preset life, if a certain depth threshold is reached, or if the animal dies.

Both tags are very important research tools. If you find one, we would greatly appreciate getting it back and learning more about where you found it.

There is a reward for the return of any tag.

    1. Never approach or touch a sea lion or any marine mammal that is dead or alive! Instead, notify the regional stranding network.
      Oregon: (http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/ommsn)
      Alaska: (http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/rehabilitation/index.php?page=stranded-animal-guidlines.php)
    2. If you find an LHX tag, don’t touch the tag directly – pick up the tag using a plastic bag or gloves (just because it came out of a dead sea lion). If you accidentally come into contact with the tag, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
    3. Contact us to let us know when and where you found the tag. If you can see a number inside the clear epoxy on one end of the tag, write down that number, and let us know what it is. Email us at LHXtags”at”gmail.com
      Tell us you found a tag, the type of tag, and let us know how to contact you. If you prefer, call the Marine Mammal Institute at 541-867-0202 or contact us here at http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/contact-us.
    4. We will arrange for shipping free-of-charge.

Where will I find these tags?

We work mostly in Alaska and occasionally in Oregon and California, but you could find them anywhere along the west coast of North America. Most people find these tags washed up on the beach.