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Behavioural responses of South American fur seals to approach by tourists - a brief report

By M. H. Cassini

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I studied the responses (retreats, threats, attacks or leaving the rookery) of South American fur seals Arctocephalus australis to tourist approaches at a non-reproductive, continental colony of located in Cabo Polonio, Uruguay (34 degrees 24'S, 53 degrees 46'W). Fur seals tolerated relatively close distances to humans, but a strong response of the animals was elicited when tourists crossed a threshold of 10 m. The attitude of the tourist was also important. Calm people were able to approach the colony without almost any disturbance. These results suggested that, with a minimal control of visitor's behaviour, the impact of tourism on this colony would be low.

Date 2001
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 71
Issue 4
Pages 341-346
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(00)00205-7
Language English
Author Address Departamento de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Nacional de Lujan, and Organizacion PROFAUNA, Rutas 5 y 7, 6700 Lujan, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Aquacultural and fisheries
  3. Aquatic organisms
  4. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  5. Carnivores
  6. Developed countries
  7. Human behavior
  8. Latin America
  9. Mammals
  10. Marine mammals
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. Primates
  13. Seals
  14. South America
  15. Threshold Countries
  16. Tourism and travel
  17. United States of America
  18. Uruguay
  1. peer-reviewed