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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

Australian Sea Lion, Neophoca cinerea

Australian Sea Lion

Australian Sea Lion

The Australian sea lion has a breeding range which extends from islands off Western Australia to islands east of Kangaroo Island (South Australia). The total population size of this species is estimated to be 10 000 animals. The Australian sea lion once bred in Bass Strait but was eradicated by the sealing industry.

Australian sea lions have been rarely recorded in Tasmania and are difficult to distinguish from other local seal species if you're not an experienced observer.

The Australian sea lion is known to feed on a wide variety of prey, including fish, cephalopods, sharks, rock lobsters and sea birds. Tracking studies of this species indicates that breeding females are 'benthic' or bottom feeders on the continental shelf 20- 30 kms offshore, and dive to depths less than 150 metres.