Funding for this research was provided by:
Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (PICT 2015-0082)
American Museum of Natural History (Lerner Gray)
Instituto Antártico Argentino (PICTA 01–2010)
Text and Data Mining valid from 2019-08-14
Received: 15 June 2018
Revised: 12 July 2019
Accepted: 5 August 2019
First Online: 14 August 2019
Compliance with ethical standards
: The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.
: The immobilisation and sampling of leopard, crabeater and Weddell seals within the Antarctic Specially Protected Area No. 134 were approved by the Dirección Nacional del Antártico, Program of Environmental Management and Tourism (PGAyT), Buenos, Aires, Argentina (Permit No. 8). Research procedures were reviewed and approved by the University of New South Wales’ Animal Care and Ethics Committee protocol numbers 08/103B and 11/112A to TR.