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1 October 2011 Hitchhiking Goose Barnacles and their Potential Implications on the Functioning of Animal-Borne Instruments
T. McIntyre, M. Postma, D.S. van der Merwe, M. Wege, M.N. Bester
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Goose barnacles (Lepas australis) were found attached to satellite-tracking and time-depth recording (TDR) instruments carried by two lactating Subantarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus tropicalis) from Marion Island. We report on the movements of these seals, both of which crossed the Subantarctic Front. Barnacles surrounding the temperature probe of one TDR device did not appear to directly influence temperature recordings, although disturbances to recording accuracies by other high-precision devices carrying goose barnacles are considered likely.

T. McIntyre, M. Postma, D.S. van der Merwe, M. Wege, and M.N. Bester "Hitchhiking Goose Barnacles and their Potential Implications on the Functioning of Animal-Borne Instruments," South African Journal of Wildlife Research 41(2), 218-223, (1 October 2011). https://doi.org/10.3957/056.041.0210
Received: 13 July 2011; Accepted: 1 July 2011; Published: 1 October 2011
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animal-borne instruments
goose barnacle
Lepas australis
Subantarctic fur seal
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