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It's a girl! A female southern elephant seal born in Western Australia

McMahon, CR, Thums, M, Bradshaw, M, Busby, S, Chapple, V, Evans, M, Goodlich, S, Holland, C, Raudino, H, Rebuck, P and Hindell, MA ORCID: 0000-0002-7823-7185 2017 , 'It's a girl! A female southern elephant seal born in Western Australia' , Australian Journal of Zoology, vol. 65, no. 3 , pp. 179-182 , doi: 10.1071/ZO17036.

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Southern elephant seals typically breed on subantarctic islands and breeding in more temperate regions is rare. This small female (∼1.42 m) that weaned after 25 days is smaller than the average weaned female elephant seal and her survival prospects are correspondingly low (20–35%). The fact that the elephant seal was successfully weaned offers some insight into the breeding plasticity in this species.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McMahon, CR and Thums, M and Bradshaw, M and Busby, S and Chapple, V and Evans, M and Goodlich, S and Holland, C and Raudino, H and Rebuck, P and Hindell, MA
Keywords: Integrated Marine Observing System, Mirounga leonina, survival
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Zoology
Publisher: C S I R O Publishing
ISSN: 0004-959X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1071/ZO17036
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