Successful Rehabilitation, Release and Post-Release Monitoring of a Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) at uShaka SeaWorld, Durban
IAAAM 2014
François Lampen1, BVSc, MSc; Colette Bodenstaff1; Hayley Tennant1
1South African Association for Marine Biological Research, Durban, South Africa


We report on the presumed first, successful rehabilitation and subsequent release of a male, two-year-old Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina). The animal was found stranded on a beach in southern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. We performed a full clinical examination, including a full blood screen, on his arrival and shortly before his release. I will present a short summary of his blood parameters, weight gain and food consumption, health screening and immobilisation technique. He was released in January 2014 with an attached satellite transmitter. I will also give a short summary of his movements post-release.


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Fran├žois Lampen, BVSc, MSc
South African Association for Marine Biological Research
Durban, South Africa

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