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

Clive R. McMahon, Michele Thums, Miecha Bradshaw, Steven Busby, Vaughn Chapple, Melissa Evans, Stephen Goodlich, Clair Holland, Holly Raudino, Paul Rebuck, Mark A. Hindell

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Abstract

Southern elephant seals typically breed on subantarctic islands and breeding in more temperate regions is rare. This small female (similar to 1.42m) 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-182
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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McMahon, C. R., Thums, M., Bradshaw, M., Busby, S., Chapple, V., Evans, M., ... Hindell, M. A. (2017). It's a girl! A female southern elephant seal born in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 65(3), 179-182. https://doi.org/10.1071/ZO17036