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The diet of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) from Heard Island


Slip, DJ, The diet of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) from Heard Island, Canadian Journal of Zoology, 73, (8) pp. 1519-1528. ISSN 0008-4301 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1139/z95-180


Stomach contents were lavaged from 76 M. leonina. Eighty-six percent of stomachs contained cephalopods of 17 species. Sixty-six percent of stomachs contained fish remains. The diet of adults differed from that of juveniles, particularly pups in their first year. Smaller seals ate smaller squid. The species and size of cephalopods eaten by these seals are similar to those of other Southern Ocean predators, particularly some beaked whales. -from Author

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Slip, DJ (Mr David John Slip)
ID Code:5919
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:68
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-25

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