Comparative Haematology International

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–6

Haematology, red cell enzymes, and red cell metabolic intermediates of 20 wild southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) from Macquarie Island


  • W. D. Melrose
    • Anton Breinl Centre for Tropical Health and MedicineJames Cook University of North Queensland
  • M. M. Feast
    • Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean StudiesUniversity of Tasmania
  • R. Woods
    • Australian Antarctic Division
  • A. McMinn
    • Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean StudiesUniversity of Tasmania
  • D. M. L. Jupe
    • Department of HaematologyRoyal Hobart Hospital
  • P. A. Bell
    • Department of HaematologyRoyal Hobart Hospital
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00214483

Cite this article as:
Melrose, W.D., Feast, M.M., Woods, R. et al. Comparative Haematology International (1995) 5: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00214483


Blood was collected for haematological, red cell enzyme and red cell metabolic intermediate studies from 20 Southern elephant seals Mirounga leonina. Mean haematological values were: haemoglobin (Hb) 22.4 ± 1.4 g/dl, packed cell volume (PCV) 54.2 ± 3.8%, mean cell volume (MCV) 213.0 ± 5.0 fl and red cell count (RCC) 2.5 × 1012/l. Red cell morphology was unremarkable. Most of the red cell enzymes showed low activity in comparison with human red cells. Haemoglobin electrophoresis showed a typical pinniped pattern, i.e. two major components. Total leucocyte counts, platelet counts, and coagulation studies were within expected mammalian limits. Eosinophil counts varied from 0.5 × 109/l to 7.7 × 109/l(5%–49%), and there was a very wide variation in erythrocyte sedimentation rates, from 3 to 60 mm/h.


Elephant sealHaematologyMarine mammalsMirounga leoninaRed cell metabolism
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