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Notes on the sea elephant (Mirounga leoninus).
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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.
|Keywords:||Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
|Page Range:||pp. 93-95|
|Collections:||Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
|Date Deposited:||09 May 2012 05:36|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 04:30|
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