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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Sub-Antarctic Fur Seal, Arctocephalus tropicalis

The sub-antarctic fur seal is rarely seen in our waters but there have been several sightings of this species at Bass Strait Australian fur seal colonies during the 1990's. This species is difficult to distinguish from the Australian and New Zealand fur seals that breed in Tasmanian waters.

The sub-antarctic fur seal breeds on sub-antarctic islands including Macquarie Island and Herd Island. On Macquarie Island the total population of sub-antarctic fur seals is estimated to be 90 to 110. In the 1995-96 season only 25 pups were born. This species does occur throughout the sub-antarctic, however, with an estimated total population of 300 000.

Studies of the sub-antarctic fur seal on Macquarie Island reveal that this species forages mostly at night and dives mostly at shallow depths. It feeds on pelagic myctophid fish.