Notes on the sea elephant (Mirounga leoninus).
Scott, Herbert Hedley and Lord, Clive Errol (1928) Notes on the sea elephant (Mirounga leoninus). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania . pp. 93-95. ISSN 0080-4703
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A single specimen of the Sea Elephant (Mirounga leoninus)
visited the East Coast of Tasmania recently, and was
killed later by certain residents of Wedge Bay, Tasman Peninsula.
Its skeleton was secured for the Tasmanian Museum
This -is the first record of this species visiting the island
for many years. Our historical records show that in the
early days of last century Sea Elephants occurred at such
places as King Island, Bass Straits, but excessive hunting
exterminated these large mammals, and Macquarie Island
is now their nearest home.
It would be interesting to know the usual range of
this species from its ordinary breeding grounds. Sea Leopards
(Ogmorhinus leptonyx) visit Tasmania fairly frequently,
as well as occasional Crested and King Penguins, so
there must be a fair proportion of Subantarctic types which
Includes table of measurements and photographs.
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