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Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service announce road opening

21/05/2019

Florentine Road and Arve Road (to the Hartz Mountain junction) are officially reopened to the public.More

Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

Crab-Eater Seal

The crab-eater seal breeds on the Antarctic pack ice; however, there have been over 20 reports of this species on the Australian mainland.

There have been three records of crab-eater seals in Tasmania. The first was in 1945 when a carcass was found at Ralph's Bay. In 1996 a dead crab-eater was also found in North West Bay (south of Hobart). In October 1999 a live crab-eater was found at Primrose Sands. This is the first reported live sighting of this species in Tasmania.

Contrary to their name, the crab-eater seal does not eat crabs but feeds almost exclusively on krill – small shrimp like crustaceans. They sieve krill from the water with the cusps of their teeth . Crab-eater seals have been found to dive as deep as 300m.