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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Australian Sea Lion, Neophoca cinerea

Australian Sea Lion

Australian Sea Lion

The Australian sea lion has a breeding range which extends from islands off Western Australia to islands east of Kangaroo Island (South Australia). The total population size of this species is estimated to be 10 000 animals. The Australian sea lion once bred in Bass Strait but was eradicated by the sealing industry.

Australian sea lions have been rarely recorded in Tasmania and are difficult to distinguish from other local seal species if you're not an experienced observer.

The Australian sea lion is known to feed on a wide variety of prey, including fish, cephalopods, sharks, rock lobsters and sea birds. Tracking studies of this species indicates that breeding females are 'benthic' or bottom feeders on the continental shelf 20- 30 kms offshore, and dive to depths less than 150 metres.