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South Australia's Sea Lions as Ocean Observers

A project of Fur seal, pelagic shark and seabird tracking in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Afraid of the deep from Nic Baudin Island Australian Sea LionAdult2010-10-012011-08-30333
Andy was tracked last year Australian Sea LionAdult2009-11-072010-06-30235
Imos from Liguanea Island was tracked last year Australian Sea LionAdult2009-11-272010-06-30215
Johnny was tracked last year Australian Sea LionAdult2009-12-072010-06-30205
Larry was tracked two years ago Australian Sea LionAdult2009-03-012009-06-30121
Leigh was tracked last year Australian Sea LionAdult2009-12-092010-06-30203
Nic was tracked two years ago Australian Sea LionAdult2008-10-092009-06-30264
Perry from West Island Australian Sea LionAdult2010-10-012011-08-30333
Robbie from Waldegrave Island Australian Sea LionAdult2010-10-012011-08-30333
SES was tracked last year Australian Sea LionAdult2009-12-102010-06-30202
Squirt from Kangaroo Island Australian Sea LionAdult2011-03-252011-08-30158
Syd from Price Island was tracked last year Australian Sea LionAdult2009-11-282010-06-30214

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Introduction

Over the next 3 summers, up to 40 Australian sea lion adult males will carry state-of-the-art satellite transmitters as they traverse some of southern Australia’s most remote and biologically-productive waters.

This project is funded by the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS - www.imos.org.au) through the Australian Acoustic Tagging and Monitoring System (AATAMS http://imos.org.au/aatams.html).

The maritime expeditions of the Australian sea lions are now yielding data that are important to both biologists and oceanographers and refining our understanding of the intimate connections between the mechanics of the Earth’s oceans, and the complex ecosystems which dwell within and upon them.

This is a truly interdisciplinary project, bringing together biologists studying living systems and oceanographers studying marine physics. The maritime expeditions of the Australian sea lions are now yielding data that are important to both biologists and oceanographers and refining our understanding of the intimate connections between the mechanics of the Earth’s oceans, and the complex ecosystems which dwell within and upon them.

This is an extremely cost-effective means of adding to existing global oceanographic data archives. It has the potential to complement existing sampling methods, especially for regions from which data are scarce and where these alternative methods may be difficult or prohibitively expensive to implement. Importanly, this approach provides a mechanism of targeting the collection of physical oceanographic data from regions that are biologically of interest (ie. where high trophic level predators feed), therefore providing greater insights into how physical ocean processes underpin marine ecosystems and commercial fisheries.

           
  • The presentation of data here does not constitute publication. All data remain copyright of the project partners. Maps or data on this website may not be used or referenced without explicit written consent.
  • For more information please visit the project website.
  • If you have questions or would like to request the use of maps or data for this project please contact Simon.Goldsworthy@sa.gov.au.

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