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Polar Biology

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 165–166 | Cite as

Do Weddell seals sing?

  • K. Green
  • H. R. Burton
Short Note

Summary

A series of underwater calls in the form of a recognisable sequence is described for the Weddell seal. The sequence was only heard from the period of pupping to the end of mating and was heard in 1984 but not 1983.

Keywords

Weddell Seal Recognisable Sequence Underwater Call 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Green
    • 1
  • H. R. Burton
    • 1
  1. 1.Antarctic DivisionKingstonAustralia

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