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Title: Diurnal Rhythm of Body Temperature in the Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi)
Authors: Ohata, C.A.
Matsuura, D.T.
Whittow, G.C.
Tinker, S.W.
LC Subject Headings: Hawaiian monk seal
Issue Date: Jan-1972
Publisher: University of Hawai’i Press
Citation: Ohata CA, Matsuura DT, Whittow GC, Tinker SW. 1972. Diurnal rhythm of body temperature in the Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi). Pac Sci 26(1): 117-120.
Abstract: ABSTRACT: The diurnal variation of body temperature of an unrestrained Hawaiian
monk seal, recorded by telemetry, was 1.0° C. Increased activity was the
principal cause of increased body temperature in the seal. The body temperature of
the animal was lowest when it was asleep on land in direct sunlight. In view of
these results, an explanation is offered for the reported heat tolerance of Hawaiian
monk seals in their natural habitat.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 26, Number 1, 1972

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