Post weaning dispersal and survival in the southern elephant sealEntry ID: ASAC_862
Abstract: The objectives for this project were:
The project aims to quantify the patterns of dispersal and survival of newly weaned southern elephant seal pups to provide information on position at sea and foraging behaviour of the pups once they leave Macquarie Island, and to examine how this is related to position at sea and foraging behaviour in the second year. This information will be used to test the ... hypothesis that first year survival is a consequence of the young animals exploiting different foraging grounds to adults, and that fishing activity on the Campbell Plateau may be a contributing factor. In addition, stable isotope analysis and fatty acid signature analysis will be used to examine differences in foraging behaviour from animals while they are at sea.
The raw data from this project is added to the long term database described by the metadata records 'Macquarie Island Elephant Seal Populations 1950-1965', and 'Macquarie Island Elephant Seal Populations 1985 Onwards'. This database is currently not available to the general public (URL provided below).
A number of papers have been produced from this project. Some of these papers are included in the reference section below.
The data collected for the database is as follows:
Status (new or resight)
Status (cow, beachmaster, pregnant cow, dead etc)
Time Depth Recorder
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Start Date: 1995-09-30Stop Date: 1997-03-31
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > POST-BREEDING PERIODS
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > RANGE CHANGES
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > SURVIVAL RATES
Quality Values provided in temporal coverage are approximate only.
Access Constraints The data for this project is not yet publicly available.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License
Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=ASAC_862 when using these data.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: HTTP
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: harry.burton at aad.gov.au
Australian Antarctic Division 203 Channel Highway
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Hindell, M.A., McConnell, B.J., Fedak, M.A., Slip, D.J., Burton, H.R., Reijnders, P.J.H., McMahon, C.R. (1999), Environmental and physiological determinants of successful foraging by naive southern elephant seal pups during their first trip to sea., Canadian Journal of Zoology, 77, 1807-1821
McMahon, C.R., Burton, H., Bester, M.N. (1999), First-year survival of southern elephant seals, Mirounga leonina , at sub-antarctic Macquarie Island., Polar Biology, 21, 279 - 284
McMahon, C.R., Burton, H.R., Bester, M.N. (2000), Weaning mass and the future survival of juvenile southern elephant seals, Mirounga leonina , at Macquarie Island., Antarctic Science, 12, 149-153
McMahon, C.R., Burton, H.R., Bester, M.N. (2003), A demographic comparison of two southern elephant seal populations., Journal of Animal Ecology, 72, 61-74
van den Hoff, J., Burton, H.R., Hindell, M.A., Sumner, M.D., McMahon, C.R. (2002), Migrations and foraging of juvbenile southern elephant seals from Macquarie Island within CCAMLR managed areas., Antarctic Science, 14, 2, 134-145
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-08-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-11-30