Seal & Sea Lion

Seals and sea lions are aquatic, carnivorous mammals with a streamlined body specialised for swimming.

Found only in Australia, the Australian Sea Lion is one of the most endangered pinnipeds in the world, with an estimated 10,000-12,000 between The Page Islands in South Australia and Houtman Abrolhos off the Western Australia coast.

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.

Research projects

Projects
Year Funded
Organisation
Researchers
An integrated ecosystem study of an Australian marine biodiversity hotspot
2015
UTAS
LEA, Mary-Anne, SWADLING, Kerrie , LUCIEER, Vanessa & MCMAHON, Clive
Conservation genetics of Antarctic ice-dependent penguins and seals – population connectivity and past interglacial refugia
2013
UTAS
MILLER, Karen
Changing climate and the winter foraging behaviour of Antarctic fur seal populations
2013
UTAS
LEA, Mary-Anne
Using stable isotopes in Australian fur seal teeth to examine inter-annual variation in the trophic dynamics of the Bass Strait ecosystem
2011
DEAKIN
ARNOULD, John
Assessing male influence on population structure in the Australian sea lion
2011
MACQ
STOW, Adam & AHONEN, Heidi

Quantifying trophic links in four Antarctic marine predators

2009
UTAS
VIRTUE, Patti, HINDELL, Mark & WALTERS, Andrea

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

2008
SARDI/SAMUSEUM
GOLDSWORTHY, Simon, DONNELLAN, Steve , PAGE, Brad & LOWTHER, Andrew

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

2005
UTAS
HINDELL, Mark & WALL, Stephen

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

2004
UMELB
ARNOULD, John & COSTA, D

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

2004
LATROBE
GOLDSWORTHY, Simon

Physiology of extreme fasting in sub-Antarctic fur seal pups

2004
UMELB
VERRIER, Delphine, ARNOULD, John & GROSCOLAS, Rene

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

2002
UTAS
FIELD, Iain & HINDELL, Mark

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

2003
MACQ
KINGSTON, Jennifer

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

2002
UTAS
FIELD, Iain & HINDELL, Mark

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

2002
USYD
VAN POLANEN PETEL, Tamara

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

2001
MACQ
ARNOULD, John, KIRKWOOD, Roger & COSTA, D

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

2001
MACQ
HARCOURT, Rob & HINDELL, Mark

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