Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Southern elephant seals may occasionally compete with some fisheries, but this is unlikely. Southern elephant seals live in remote regions where they have few interactions with humans. ("Elephant Seals", 2002; Gaskin, 1972; Nichols et al., 2003)
- Bradshaw, C., M. Hindell, N. Best, K. Phillips, G. Wilson, P. Nichols. 2003. You are what you eat: Describing the foraging ecology of southern elephant seals using blubber fatty acids. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 270: 1283-1292.
- Gaskin, D. 1972. Whales Dolphins and Seals. London: heinemann Educational Books.