Australian Journal of Zoology Australian Journal of Zoology Society
Evolutionary, molecular and comparative zoology

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

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


Southern Elephant seals typically breed on sub-Antartic islands and breeding in more temperate regions is rare. This small female (~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 seal was successfully wean offers some insight into the breeding plasticity in this species.

ZO17036  Accepted 15 September 2017

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