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1 October 2011 Vagrant Southern Elephant Seal and Human Disturbance in Mossel Bay, South Africa
Edith M. Mertz, Marthán N. Bester
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An opportunistic observational study on human disturbance of a vagrant southern elephant seal that was hauled out on a tourist beach in Mossel Bay, South Africa, is presented. Incidences of pedestrians ignoring signage and the demarcation barrier around the seal raise questions about the management of such haulout events, pubic safety and the effects of disturbance.

Edith M. Mertz and Marthán N. Bester "Vagrant Southern Elephant Seal and Human Disturbance in Mossel Bay, South Africa," South African Journal of Wildlife Research 41(2), 224-228, (1 October 2011). https://doi.org/10.3957/056.041.0211
Received: 26 November 2010; Accepted: 1 November 2011; Published: 1 October 2011
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KEYWORDS
human disturbance
Mirounga leonina
Mossel Bay
pinnipeds
southern elephant seal
Tourism management
vagrant
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