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To breathe or not to breathe: optimal strategies for finding prey in a dark, three-dimensional environment

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Hindell, MA, To breathe or not to breathe: optimal strategies for finding prey in a dark, three-dimensional environment, Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, (5) pp. 847-849. ISSN 0021-8790 (2008) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01441.x

Abstract

The use of sophisticated telemetry logging devices has revealed that short-finned pilot whales employ energetic sprints to chase down their deep-dwelling prey. These sprints are costly in terms of energy, and therefore oxygen, which is a valuable resource for an animal that has to hold its breath while hunting. This finding highlights the challenges faced by ecologists when trying to develop foraging models for marine predators because many of the key parameters, such as movements in three dimensions, marine prey fields and metabolic adaptations of diving animals, remain largely unknown. © 2008 The Author.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:55874
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2009-03-13
Last Modified:2011-09-14
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