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

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

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Burton, H.
Dataset Title: Weddell Seals of the Vestfold Hills Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 1999-10-07
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1983-02-07
Stop Date: 1996-04-08
ISO Topic Category
Quality 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 referenced documentation provides information, methods, results and discussion about seal tagging, breeding, seal movements, moulting, aerial censuses, and diet.
Access Constraints Data are available from the referenced metadata record describing the elephant sea tagging database and summary results are available in the referenced documentation.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License

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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Fees: free
Email: harry.burton at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Green, K., Burton, H.R. and Watts, D.J. (1995), Studies of the Weddell seal in the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica., ANARE Research Notes, 93
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-10-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-01-22

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