[MARMAM] Range size for monk seals?

Loren McClenachan lmcclenachan at ucsd.edu
Sun Jun 25 16:44:46 PDT 2006


I am looking for information on the maximum and average range sizes  
of Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals for a geographic modeling  

I found published data on Hawaiian monk seals which says that they  
typically stay within few km of their breeding sites but have been  
observed foraging up to ~200 km away. Estimates for Mediterranean  
monk seals' range seem to be less variable: from ~20 to 60 km but I  
have not been able to find information on maximum foraging distance.

Could anyone tell me if there better information available about  
range size in either species? What is the maximum distance that  
individuals in either species have been observed away from their  
breeding sites?

Thanks in advance,

Loren McClenachan
PhD Student
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0208

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