All scientific data collected by the Australian Antarctic program (AAp) are eventually described in the Catalogue of Australian Antarctic and Subantarctic Metadata (CAASM). CAASM can be used to search through AAp data descriptions, and it also provides links to access publicly available datasets, which can either be immediately downloaded or obtained from the Australian Antarctic Data Centre (AADC).
This dataset contains the results from studies of the Weddell Seal (Lepotonychotes weddellii) in the Vestfold Hills region, Antarctica. Results from tagging surveys, photographs and aerial surveys since 1973 are reported. Numbers, life stage, sex, moult stage and migration patterns have been reported. Fecal samples have been collected and from the otoliths, vertebrae, cephalopod beaks and crustacean remains, the diets and feeding habits have been investigated. Many of the results are reported in the document.
This metadata record encompasses ASAC projects 89, 95 and 199 (ASAC_89, ASAC_95, ASAC_199).
Various studies have been conducted on Weddell Seals in the Vestfold Hills, with directed work beginning in 1973 with the initiation of a tagging program and occasional aerial censuses. The referenced documentation provides information, methods, results and discussion about seal tagging, breeding, seal movements, moulting, aerial censuses, and diet.
Data are available from the referenced metadata record describing the elephant sea tagging database and summary results are available in the referenced documentation.
This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License
Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=AADC-00048 when using these data.
Metadata record updated by Alicja Mosbauer 2008-03-05. 2008-06-13 - record updated by Dave Connell - link to TAGS database added. 2009-02-26 - record modified by Dave Connell to remove IPY fields. 2014-09-08 - record updated by Dave Connell. 2019-06-17 - record updated by Dave Connell - basic updates.