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Southern elephant seal Mirounga leonina molting at Mauritius Island

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The authors thank the National Coast Guard and the Fisheries Protection Service for actively securing the area around the seal during its molting; Dr. Greg Hofmeyr of Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, for his constant scientific advice; Moira Van der Westhuizen, Kim Hubner, and Reef Conservation for their constant support; Dr. Pevashi Gowreesungkur for her veterinary assistance; and Bridgid Wickham for contributing some of the photos. The authors would also like to acknowledge the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments to improve this manuscript.


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All necessary authorization for the observational field study and securing of the area was obtained from the competent authorities. Photographs in Fig. 1 a and b were provided by Bridgid Wickham who has agreed to their inclusion in this publication.

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SR conceived the research, wrote the manuscript, and conducted field observations. All authors conducted field observations and read and approved the final manuscript.

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Ramah, S., Paul, AT., Mohit, R.D.C. et al. Southern elephant seal Mirounga leonina molting at Mauritius Island. Mar. Biodivers. 51, 17 (2021).

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