Satellite tracking a rehabilitated Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)

  • Published source details Lander M.E., Gulland F.M.D. & DeLong R.L. (2000) Satellite tracking a rehabilitated Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi). Aquatic Mammals, 26, 137-142.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Rehabilitate and release injured, sick or weak marine and freshwater mammals

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Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation
  1. Rehabilitate and release injured, sick or weak marine and freshwater mammals

    A study in 1998 of a pelagic area in the North Pacific Ocean, off the coast of California, USA (Lander et al. 2000) found that a stranded and underweight Guadalupe fur seal Arctocephalus townsendi that was rehabilitated and released back into the wild survived for at least seven weeks. The rehabilitated female seal was successfully tracked for seven weeks after release before contact was lost with the transmitter. During that time, the seal travelled at least 2,890 km at an average rate of 3 km/h. The adult seal was found stranded and underweight in January 1998 and taken to a rehabilitation facility. After eight weeks of rehabilitation, the seal was released at a peninsula with a satellite transmitter attached. The seal was recorded at 25 locations during seven weeks in March–April 1998.

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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