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Weddell Seals of the Vestfold Hills Antarctica
Entry ID: AADC-00048

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Abstract: This dataset contains the results from studies of the Weddell Seal (Lepotonychotes weddellii) in the Vestfold Hills region, Antarctica. Results from tagging surveys, photographs and aerial surveys since 1973 are reported. Numbers, life stage, sex, moult stage and migration patterns have been reported. Fecal samples have been collected and from the otoliths, vertebrae, cephalopod beaks and crustacean remains, the diets and feeding habits have been investigated. Many of the results are reported in the document.

This metadata record encompasses ASAC projects 89, 95 and 199 (ASAC_89, ASAC_95, ASAC_199).
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -68.3   S: -68.75   E: 78.93   W: 77.8

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1983-02-07
Stop Date: 1996-04-08
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Quality This dataset is reasonably complete in that it summarises and discusses most known studies which have been carried out on Weddell seals in the Vestfold Hills. More data are being added as it becomes available. Various studies have been conducted on Weddell Seals in the Vestfold Hills, with directed work beginning in 1973 with the initiation of a tagging program and occasional aerial censuses. The documentation referenced above provides information, methods, results and discussion about seal tagging, breeding, seal movements, moulting, aerial censuses, and diet.
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Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
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Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
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Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-10-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-01-13

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