Australian Associated Press
Mon, 16 Jan 2012 04:27 CST
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New Zealand fur seals are found all along Australia's south coast as well as along the coast of New Zealand's South Island
More than 50 New Zealand fur seals have washed up dead on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula and will be examined at Adelaide University to determine how they died.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said the bodies of 51 juveniles and two young adults were found near Port Lincoln and at Wanna Beach in the Lincoln National Park.
Dr Lucy Woolford from Adelaide University says three seals have been collected for post-mortem examinations, which will be conducted on Tuesday morning.
"These seals appear to have died a few days ago, so they're in a state of decomposition so we're trying to see how much information we can gain from those," she said.
"[We have found] no immediate signs of injury from the seals we've looked at so far."
New Zealand fur seals are a protected species found along Australia's south coast and along the coast of New Zealand's South Island.
They can grow to weigh up to 250 kilograms, but males usually average about 125kg and are considered docile, although they will attack if provoked.