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Annual population estimates of Southern Elephant Seals at Macquarie Island from censuses made annually on October 15th.
Entry ID: SOE_elephant_seals

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Count of all adult females, fully weaned pups and dead pups hauled out on, or close to, the day of maximum cow numbers, set for October 15.

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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -54.6   S: -54.7   E: 158.9   W: 158.8

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Gales, R.
Dataset Title: Annual population estimates of Southern Elephant Seals at Macquarie Island from censuses made annually on October 15th.
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2001-08-08
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1985-10-15
ISO Topic Category
Quality Two different methodologies have been employed to collect these data. From 1988 to 2004 a full census of all colonies on the island were conducted each year between the 13th and 17th of October - details of which are presented below. From 2005 onwards, owing to diminishing resources, a decision was made to only census a representative sample of the southern elephant seal colonies on the island. ... View entire text
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A copy of the word document describing the census methodology adopted in 2005 is also available for download from the URL given below.
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Australian Antarctic Division
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Province or State: Tasmania
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Country: Australia
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Phone: +61 3 6233 3865
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Wildlife and Marine Conservation Section
Department of Primary Industry and Water
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7001
Country: Australia
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Hindell, M.A., Burton, H.R. (1987), Past and Present Status of the Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) at Macquarie Island., Journal of Zoology, 213, 365-380
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-08-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18

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