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Table 2 Frequency of occurrence (F%) and estimated percentage of total volume (V%) of prey items in leopard seal diets for 2013, 2014, and 2017 based on scat and visual observation data

From: Leopard seal diets in a rapidly warming polar region vary by year, season, sex, and body size

Year n Scat observations n Visual observations
Fur seal Penguin Krill Fur seal Fish
F% V% F% V% F% V% F% V% F% V%
2013 13 100 88.5 30.8 18.0 23.1 10.0 13 100 90.0 23.1 40.0
2014 31 100 77.5 48.4 50.6 0.0 0.0 12 100 70.0 50.0 90.0
2017 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100 100 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
  1. n is the number of scats collected or visual observations per individual in a given season. “Fur seal” was Arctocephalus gazella, “Penguin” was either Pygoscelis papua or Pygoscelis antarcticus, “Krill” was Euphausia superba, and “Fish” was either Notothenia coriiceps or unidentified nothen fish