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Diet and Foraging Area of Antarctic Fur Seals at Heard Island
Entry ID: ASAC_466

Abstract: Antarctic Fur Seals from Heard Island fed mainly on fish, but the prey species changed both seasonally and inter-annually. The majority of prey were pelagic myctophids characteristic of deep oceanic water, and were generally taken in autumn and winter. The only other fish taken in significant numbers was Champsocephalus gunnari which was mostly taken from late winter through early autumn when it ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -53.0   S: -53.0   E: 73.0   W: 72.0
Min Depth: 0 Max Depth: 444 METRES

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Burton, H.
Dataset Title: Diet and Foraging Area of Antarctic Fur Seals at Heard Island
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2003-03-17
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1992-02-01
Stop Date: 1993-03-31
Quality Collections were made on a monthly basis from February 1992 through to March 1993. In winter, scats were only collected on new snow because it was difficult to determine the age of scats exposed by frequent snow thaws.
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Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 12 kb
Distribution Format: .xls
Fees: free
Green, K., Williams, R., Burton, H.R. (1997), Foraging ecology of Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella Peters around Heard Island., Marine mammal research in the Southern Hemisphere, 1, 105-113, Hindell, M., Kemper, C. (ed.)
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-07-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23