• Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation - Elephant Seal

Seal & Sea Lion

Seals and sea lions are aquatic, carnivorous mammals with a streamlined body specialised for swimming. Fur seals and sea lions belong to the family Otariid meaning little ear and earless or true seal belong to the family Phocidae.

One of the ten pinniped (seals and sea lion) species found in Australian waters, the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea), is endemic to Australia and is listed as endangered (IUCN Red List 2013). Read more about the world's rarest sea lion in the feature project below & explore a complete list of the 27 pinniped studies funded by the Foundation.

  • Overview

    Spreading the love: are Australian Sea Lions roamers or stayers?

    Recently Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation funded a research project focused on the breeding habits of the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea), one of the rarest sea lions in the world.

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    Australian's Marine Biodiversity Hotspot

    Did you know Southern Bruny Island off the coast of Tasmania is biodiversity hot spot with a high diversity of species including seals, seabirds, penguins and whales?

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    Tracking Antarctic Fur Seals

    Did you know that female Antarctic fur seals feed in two different ways?

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Year Funded

Researchers

Organisation

Project

2015

LEA, Mary-Anne, SWADLING, Kerrie , LUCIEER, Vanessa & MCMAHON, Clive

UTAS

An integrated ecosystem study of an Australian marine biodiversity hotspot

2013

MILLER, Karen

UTAS

Conservation genetics of Antarctic ice-dependent penguins and seals – population connectivity and past interglacial refugia

2013

LEA, Mary-Anne

UTAS

Changing climate and the winter foraging behaviour of Antarctic fur seal populations

2011

ARNOULD, John

DEAKIN

Using stable isotopes in Australian fur seal teeth to examine inter-annual variation in the trophic dynamics of the Bass Strait ecosystem

2011

STOW, Adam & AHONEN, Heidi 

MACQ

Assessing male influence on population structure in the Australian sea lion

2009

VIRTUE, Patti,  HINDELL, Mark & WALTERS, Andrea 

UTAS

Quantifying trophic links in four Antarctic marine predators

2008

GOLDSWORTHY, Simon,  DONNELLAN, Steve  , PAGE, Brad  & LOWTHER, Andrew

SARDI/ SAMUSEUM

The role of genetic and social factors in shaping alternate foraging strategies within and among Australian sea lion subpopulations

2005

HINDELL, Mark & WALL, Stephen 

UTAS

Use of blubber fatty acids from southern elephant seals to investigate diet structure.

2004

ARNOULD, John & COSTA, D 

UMELB

Determinants and life-history consequences of foraging efficiency in Otariid seals.

2004

GOLDSWORTHY, Simon

LATROBE

Demographic vulnerability of a specialised life-history: implications of spatial and trophic overlap in foraging effort between Australian sea lions and commercial fisheries.

2004

VERRIER, Delphine,  ARNOULD, John & GROSCOLAS, Rene 

UMELB

Physiology of extreme fasting in sub-Antarctic fur seal pups

2003

KINGSTON, Jennifer

MACQ

Sexual selection, hybridisation and reinforcement of pre-zygotic species barriers in sympartically breading fur seal

2002

FIELD, Iain & HINDELL, Mark 

UTAS

Life history parameters and foraging ecology of juvenile Southern elephant seals from Macquarie Island.

2002

VAN POLANEN PETEL, Tamara

USYD

Measuring the effects of human activity on Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii)in Antarctica

2001

ARNOULD, John,  KIRKWOOD, Roger & COSTA, D 

MACQ

Foraging behaviour and energetics of Australian fur seals (Pilot Study)

2001

HARCOURT, Rob & HINDELL, Mark 

MACQ

Winter foraging, oceanic variability and reproductive success in female Weddell seals.

2000

BRADSHAW, Corey

UTAS

The effect of spatial and temporal variation in marine productivity on energy acquisition in female southern elephant seals

2000

BRYDEN, Michael,  DUTTON, Geoff & STONE, Grant 

USYD

Monitoring the reproduction of the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) by use of faecal steroids.

2000

GOLDSWORTHY, Simon

UTAS

Demographics of rapidly recovering populations of New Zealand fur seals: developing ways to better understand, predict and manage competition between fisheries and seals in southern Australia

2000

HARCOURT, Rob

MACQ

The mating system of the Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli)

1999

ROGERS, Tracey & BRYDEN, Michael 

USYD

Population structure of the Antarctic leopard seals

1998

ARNOULD, John

MACQ

Lactation strategies in fur seals: Sources or variation and comparison between temperate and polar species.

1998

BRUNNER, Sylvia & BRYDEN, Michael 

USYD

Cranial morphometric investigation of the fur seals and sea lions (Family otariidae)

1998

GOLDSWORTHY, Simon

UTAS

Population ecology/hybridisation of southern fur seals: dramatic recovery from human induced population bottleneck.

1998

LEA, Mary-Anne & HINDELL, Mark 

UTAS

Foraging activity of Antarctic fur seals in relation to oceanographic parameters in the Kerguelen region

1996

HINDELL, Mark & MCCARREY, S 

UTAS

The foraging ecology of Australian fur seals in Bass Strait

1994

ROGERS, Tracey

USYD

Behavioural significance of sound production in leopard seals