Elephant Seal Research Group





















 

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YouTube video: killer whales, elephant seals and more

 

New killer whale identification catalogue

 

Report on southern sea lion status and demography

 

Report on striated caracara status and reproductive success

 

UAV wildlife monitoring at Sea Lion Island

 

Report on the status of Sea Lion Island elephant seals

 

Report on Falkland skua breeding success

 

The Elephant Seal Research Group is an independent organization of researchers dedicated to the study of elephant seals, marine mammals, and marine megafauna at large.We currently operate in the Falkland Islands, and our main field work site is Sea Lion island. We are currently running various long term research projects, including:

- a study of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) of Sea Lion Island, the main breeding colony of this species in the Falkland Islands, started in 1995 and carried out for more than twenty years

- a study of killer whales of the Falkland Islands, started in 2013

- a study of the skuas of the Falkland Islands, started in 2014

We are also carrying out general environmental monitoring of Sea Lion Island, that is a National Nature Reserve, a RAMSAR convention site, an Important Bird Area, and an Important Plant Area, apart from being the nicest island in the Falklands !

Our research work involves both field research and lab work. Please see the Research section for details.

Poster on the elephant seal research project (PDF file)

Booklet on the elephant seal research project (PDF file)

 

Posters presented at the 32rd European Cetacean Society conference

Structure and function of female and pup contact calls in Southern elephant seal

Honest signalling in male and female Southern elephant seal

Social network analysis of killer whales of the Falkland Islands

Anatomical correlates of honest communication in Southern elephant seals

Geometric morphometry of the elephant seal proboscis

 

Field helper recruitment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic access to the Falkland Islands is strictly limited. Therefore, we are not recruiting field helpers for the 2020-2021 field work season. See you next year !!!

 

New

Killer whale photo-identification catalogue 2019-2020

Report on southern sea lions status and demography

Report on striated caracara status and reproductive success

Report on UAV wildlife monitoring at Sea Lion Island

Report on Fakland skua breeding success

Status of the elephant seal population: updated report 2019-2020

Updated elephant seal project description

Killler whale photoidentification catalogue

Killer whale videos section

Neonatal sexual-size dimorphism in the northern elephant seal, 22nd Binnial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (Poster PDF)

 

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Ecologia comportamentale degli elefanti marini (presentazione in italiano)

Selezione sessuale negli elefanti marini (presentazione in italiano)

Ecologia comportamentale delle orche (presentazione in italiano)