Collections

List of biodiversity data collections.

Restricted to Taxa group Seals

Included are those collections that are published via the DiGIR protocol to SCAR-MarBIN - SCAR Marine Biodiversity Information Network, OBIS - Ocean Biogeographic Information System and GBIF - Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

The reference to SCAR-MarBIN is the count of records that fall within the spatial coverage of the SCAR-MarBIN portal. This was defined as the CCAMLR statistical reporting subareas (view map from SCAR Map Catalogue) but has now been extended to further north to include significant breeding sites such as Macquarie Island. See current region of interest map.

Collection NameCustodianView Map and DataStatistics
Antarctic Fur Seal Populations on Heard Island Summer 1987-1988

This dataset contains the results from surveys of Antarctic Fur Seals (Arctocephalus gazella) on Heard Island during the summer of 1987-1988. As well as habitat descriptions, age, sex, count of adults and pups were determined. The three major aims of the study include: to determine accurately the location of pupping sites; to determine the extent of the pupping season, the median date of birth and the number of pups born; and to census fur seals on as much of the island as possible in order to determine the number of animals ashore and to document changes in numbers during the summer.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [furseals_hi] Date activated - October 2006
Simon Goldsworthy

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records: 462
SCAR-MarBIN: 462
Extents
Latitude: - 53.2 to - 53.0
Longitude: 73.3 to 73.8
Years: 1987 to 2006
APIS - Antarctic Pack Ice Seals 1994-1999, plus historical data from the 1980's

This dataset contains Antarctic Pack Ice seal (APIS) observations (both ship and aerial based) collected between 1994 and 2000.

This data also includes some historic data collected between 1985 and 1987. The four species of Antarctic pack ice seals (crabeater, leopard, Weddell, and Ross seals) are thought to comprise up to 50% or more of the world's total biomass of seals. As long-lived, top level predators in Southern Ocean ecosystems, pack ice seals are scientifically interesting because they can assist in monitoring shifts in ecosystem structure and function, especially changes that occur in sensitive polar areas in response to global climate changes.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [apis] Date activated - September 2006
Colin Southwell

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 11
Records: 9,271
SCAR-MarBIN: 9,271
Extents
Latitude: - 69.3 to - 58.9
Longitude: 48.9 to 150.4
Years: 1984 to 2000
ARGOS Tracking

ARGOS Tracking devices called PTTs are attached to several species of birds, seals and whales. Locations include Heard and Macquarie islands, Auster and Taylor rookery, Berchervaise island and islands in the Antarctic peninsula.

Taxa - Birds, Penguins, Seals, Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [argos_tracking] Date activated - November 2005
AADC

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 19
Records:366,689
SCAR-MarBIN:360,669
Extents
Latitude: - 77.4 to - 22.5
Longitude: -180.0 to 191.0
Years: 1990 to 2011
Electron Micrographs - Marine

A catalogue of electron microscopy images mostly of biological origin and used in identifying new species of marine and terrestrial organisms. These organisms are extremely important in the Antarctic food web and many of them have microscopic characteristics which show how successfully they have adapted to their extreme environment.

Taxa - Crustacea, Diatoms, Fish, Microbiota, Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [em_marine] Date activated - May 2007
Gerry Nash

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 217
Records: 1,358
SCAR-MarBIN: 1,251
Extents
Latitude: - 76.2 to - 42.1
Longitude: -165.0 to 168.3
Years: 1995 to 2006
Elephant Seal Sightings, Heard Island

At Heard Island, Southern Indian Ocean, seals were branded between 1949-1953. Seal length was measured in feet and inches. Recaptures of seals were made up until 1955, and growth and age-specific survival was calculated.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [ellie_sightings_heard] Date activated - December 2003
Harry Burton

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records: 1,794
SCAR-MarBIN: 1,794
Extents
Latitude: - 53.2 to - 53.0
Longitude: 73.3 to 73.8
Years: 1949 to 1960
Elephant Seal Sightings, Macquarie Island

At Macquarie Island 1000 seals were weighed per annum between 1993-2003 at birth and individually marked with two plastic flipper tags in the inter-digital webbing of their hind flippers. These tagged seals were weighed again at weaning, when length, girth, fat depth, and flipper measurements were made. Three weeks after weaning 2000 seals were permanently and individually marked by hot-iron branding. Recaptures and re-weigings of these known aged individuals were used to calculate growth and age-specific survival of the seals. Similar data were collected from elephant seals between 1950 and 1965 when seals were individually marked by hot-iron branding. Mark-recapture data from these cohorts were used to assess the demography of the declining population. Length and mass data were also collected for these cohorts and were used, for the first time, to assess the growth of individual seals without killing them.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [ellie_sightings_macca] Date activated - December 2003
Harry Burton

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records:221,572
SCAR-MarBIN:221,619
Extents
Latitude: - 54.8 to - 54.0
Longitude: 158.0 to 158.9
Years: 1952 to 2007
Leopard Seal census, Heard Island 1987/88

During the 5-1/2 months on the island most of the beaches were surveyed regularly for seals (3 species) and fishing debris. Leopard Sea surveys were made daily in the first three months for the Four Bays. In the last three months they were continued on a daily basis for Atlas Cove and Corinthlan Bay and once every three days for South West Bay.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [leo-hi] Date activated - Nov 2008
Harry Burton

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records: 534
SCAR-MarBIN: 534
Extents
Latitude: - 53.1 to - 53.0
Longitude: 73.4 to 73.5
Years: 1987 to 1988
Macquarie Island Fur Seal Database

The dataset includes data on all fur seals tagged at Macquarie Island since 1986. The dataset includes information on the sex and species of individuals, information on their reproductive histories, resight data and tagging history.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [furseals_mi] Date activated - October 2006
Simon Goldsworthy

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records: 5,771
SCAR-MarBIN: 5,771
Extents
Latitude: - 54.6 to - 54.6
Longitude: 158.9 to 158.9
Years: 1994 to 1997
Seabirds of the Southern and South Indian Ocean

Seabird observations from ships either performing marine science work or taking personnel and cargo to various Antarctic stations. Incidental observations of whales and seals are also noted. This set also contains data from the BIOMASS cruises in the 1980's.

Taxa - Birds, Seals, Whales,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [seabirds] Date activated - November 2003
Dr Eric Woehler

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 126
Records:150,899
SCAR-MarBIN:133,057
Extents
Latitude: - 69.9 to 38.3
Longitude: -174.9 to 173.7
Years: 1977 to 2006
Subantarctic Fur seals Arctocephalus tropicalis at Heard Island, 1987/88

This collection of sightings represent the first evidence of sub-Antarctic Fur seals Arctocephalus tropicalis visiting Heard Island. They normally breed on the Prince Edward Islands and Iles Crozet.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [sub-fur-hi] Date activated - Nov 2008
Simon Goldsworthy

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records: 11
SCAR-MarBIN: 11
Extents
Latitude: - 53.1 to - 53.1
Longitude: 73.7 to 73.8
Years: 1987 to 1988
Weddell Seal census, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica

Census counts of Weddell seals resting/breeding on sea-ice or land in the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica (1983 to 1996). Census taken from aerial photographs and matched to a one by one kilometre grid.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [weddell_census] Date activated - December 2003
Harry Burton

Search page to be constructed.

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records: 4,603
SCAR-MarBIN: 4,602
Extents
Latitude: - 68.7 to - 67.3
Longitude: 77.8 to 79.5
Years: 1983 to 1996
Weddell Seal Sightings, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica

Ground based sightings of Weddell seals resting/breeding on sea-ice or land in the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica. Data locality mapped to a one by one kilometre grid.

Taxa - Seals,

Habitat Domain - Marine,


DiGIR Resource name [weddell_sightings] Date activated - December 2003
Harry Burton

Data Search page

Statistics
Taxa: 1
Records:21,145
SCAR-MarBIN:21,004
Extents
Latitude: - 69.7 to - 67.6
Longitude: 62.9 to 78.7
Years: 1973 to 2006
Total records:    784,109
Records to SCAR-MarBIN:    760,045