Determining if lactating Weddell seal mothers are indeed fasting
Entry ID: K071_1996_1997_NZ_2

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Abstract: Weddell seals are well adapted polar animals. They give birth to pups in the Antarctic summer when they haul out onto the ice. While feeding their pups, they have a massive fasting weight loss (and fat mobilisation) and their suckling pup has a correspondingly massive weight gain and fat deposition. The question of whether the lactating mothers actually do fast was investigated by testing blood ... View entire text
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  N: -77.67   S: -77.67   E: 166.77   W: 166.77

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Start Date: 1996-11-18
Stop Date: 1996-12-04

Start Date: 1998-10-30
Stop Date: 1998-12-08
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Eisert, R. Oftedal, O.T. Lever, M. Ramdohr, S. Breier, B.H. Barrell, G.K. Detection of food intake in a marine mammal using marine osmolytes and their analogues as dietary biomarkers. Marine ecology progress series 300: 213-228, 2005.
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