Prime Seal Island - 2008
Prime Seal Island, at 1221 hectares, is one of the largest of the approximately one hundred outer islands in the Furneaux Group in eastern Bass Strait. The island is varied in topography and looks imposing with its three rounded elevated hummocks visible from a considerable distance.
Prime Seal Island Survey
There had been very little focussed scientific exploration on Prime Seal Island. Books on the flora and fauna of the Furneaux Islands by Stephen Harris and Nigel Brothers and colleagues assembled most of the information on which this expedition has been able to build. There were still many gaps in our knowledge of the island. The size, and geographic location of the island, together with government's joint management responsibility (a small part of the island is outside the leasehold) with a private lessee, were amongst the factors that made this island an ideal target of the Hamish Saunders Memorial Island Survey Program.
- An additional 40 species of plants have been added to those known for the island, taking the total to 193.
- The mammal survey revealed five wild mammal species, one of which was the Tasmanian pademelon, common on the island.
- Forty-seven bird species were recorded for the island including wedge-tailed eagles.
- Several new species of invertebrates were discovered including a new species of centipede, and a possible new species of bristletail.
- The survey resulted in the first record of the spur-throated locust from eastern Tasmania and the first record of a raspy cricket from the eastern Bass Strait islands.
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