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Mt Strzelecki walk back on track

28/06/2019

Flinders Island's Mt Strzelecki walking track has received an upgrade which will improve the experience for walkers and visitors, as well as environmental management.More

New car park for Ben Lomond National Park

28/06/2019

A new visitor carpark is now complete at Ben Lomond National Park. The car park will be opened to visitors and fully operational in the coming weeks in time for this winter's first major snow fall.More

Planned burn success on Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area sites

28/06/2019

The Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area experienced significant wildfire events between January and March this year, yet there are still areas that require pro-active fire management for the protection and conservation of the area's values.More

Crab-Eater Seal

The crab-eater seal breeds on the Antarctic pack ice; however, there have been over 20 reports of this species on the Australian mainland.

There have been three records of crab-eater seals in Tasmania. The first was in 1945 when a carcass was found at Ralph's Bay. In 1996 a dead crab-eater was also found in North West Bay (south of Hobart). In October 1999 a live crab-eater was found at Primrose Sands. This is the first reported live sighting of this species in Tasmania.

Contrary to their name, the crab-eater seal does not eat crabs but feeds almost exclusively on krill – small shrimp like crustaceans. They sieve krill from the water with the cusps of their teeth . Crab-eater seals have been found to dive as deep as 300m.