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Citation
Burton, H. (1999) Weddell Seals of the Vestfold Hills Antarctica, Ver. 1, Australian Antarctic Data Centre - https://data.aad.gov.au/metadata/records/AADC-00048, Accessed: 2022-01-28
Title
Weddell Seals of the Vestfold Hills Antarctica
Data Centre
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia
Created Date
1999-10-07
Revision Date
2019-06-17
Expected Date of Data Release
1999-10-07
Data Version
1
Parent record
None
Child record
Wed_distrib
Wed_map

Description

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).

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Quality

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.

Access

Data are available from the referenced metadata record describing the elephant sea tagging database and summary results are available in the referenced documentation.

Temporal Coverages

Spatial Coverages

Science Keywords

Additional Keywords

  • Weddell Seal
  • TAGS

Locations

  • CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR

Platforms

  • FIELD SURVEYS

Instruments

  • VISUAL OBSERVATIONS

Researchers

  • burton, harry (INVESTIGATOR,TECHNICAL CONTACT,DIF AUTHOR)

Use Constraints

This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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.

Project

  • OCEAN BIOGEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (Long Name)
  • OBIS (Short Name)
  • INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR (Long Name)
  • IPY (Short Name)
  • SCAR Marine Biodiversity Information Network (Long Name)
  • SCAR-MARBIN (Short Name)
  • CENSUS OF ANTARCTIC MARINE LIFE (Long Name)
  • CAML (Short Name)
  • CENSUS OF MARINE LIFE (Long Name)
  • COML (Short Name)
  • Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic (Long Name)
  • EBA (Short Name)

ISO Topic

  • BIOTA
  • OCEANS

Dataset Language

  • English

Orignating Centre

  • Australian Antarctic Division

Dataset Progress

  • COMPLETE

IDN Node

  • AMD/AU
  • OBIS/AADC
  • CEOS
  • AMD
  • ANTABIF

Publications

  • Green, K., Burton, H.R. and Watts, D.J. (1995) Studies of the Weddell seal in the Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica., ANARE Research Notes, 93

Metadata Revision History

    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.

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