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Food consumption and energy expenditure of free ranging southern elephant seals
Entry ID: ASAC_857

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Abstract: Elephant seals use a suite of physiological and behavioural mechanisms to maximise the time they can be submerged. Of these hypo-metabolism is one of the most important, so this study quantified maximum O2 consumptions relative to dove depth and swim speed.

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Heart rate, swimming speed, and diving behaviour were recorded simultaneously for an adult female ... View entire text
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  N: -50.0   S: -70.0   E: -150.0   W: 90.0

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Dataset Originator/Creator: Hindell, M.
Dataset Title: Food consumption and energy expenditure of free ranging southern elephant seals
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Dataset Release Date: 2004-10-20
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Start Date: 1996-09-01
Stop Date: 1997-06-30
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Hindell, M.A. and Lea, M. (1998), Heart rate, swimming speed and estimated oxygen consumption of a free ranging female elephant seal., Physiological Zoology, 71, 74-84

Hindell, M. A., M. A. Lea, M. G. Morrice and C. R. MacMahon (2000), Metabolic limits on dive duration and swimming speed in the southern elephant seal Mirounga leonina., Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 73, 6, 790-798
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DIF Creation Date: 2000-08-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18

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