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Diving Physiology and Energy Requirements of Free Ranging Southern Elephant Seals
Entry ID: ASAC_589

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Abstract: Southern elephant seals are among the deepest diving of all marine mammals. This study examined physiological and behavioural mechanisms used by the seals to conserve energy while diving and estimated metabolic rate.

Data were collected on Time Depth Recorders (TDRs), and stored in hexadecimal format. Hexadecimal files can be read using 'Instrument Helper', a free download from Wildlife Computers (see the provided URL).
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Spatial coordinates   
  N: -50.0   S: -72.0   E: -160.0   W: 90.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Hindell, M.A.
Dataset Title: Diving Physiology and Energy Requirements of Free Ranging Southern Elephant Seals
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2004-10-14
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1992-09-01
Stop Date: 1994-03-31
Access Constraints The data are publicly available for download from the provided URL.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License

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Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
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Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 1788 kb
Distribution Format: hexadecimal
Fees: free
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
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DIF Creation Date: 2000-08-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-12-02
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