Comparative Haematology International

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

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

  • W. D. Melrose
  • M. M. Feast
  • R. Woods
  • A. McMinn
  • D. M. L. Jupe
  • P. A. Bell
Original Article


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 seal Haematology Marine mammals Mirounga leonina Red cell metabolism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Melrose
    • 1
  • M. M. Feast
    • 2
  • R. Woods
    • 3
  • A. McMinn
    • 2
  • D. M. L. Jupe
    • 4
  • P. A. Bell
    • 4
  1. 1.Anton Breinl Centre for Tropical Health and MedicineJames Cook University of North QueenslandTownsville
  2. 2.Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean StudiesUniversity of TasmaniaHobart
  3. 3.Australian Antarctic DivisionKingston
  4. 4.Department of HaematologyRoyal Hobart HospitalHobartAustralia

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