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Large aggregations of pelagic squid near the ocean surface at the Antarctic Polar Front, and their capture by grey-headed albatrosses

Rodhouse, Paul G.; Boyle, Peter R.. 2010 Large aggregations of pelagic squid near the ocean surface at the Antarctic Polar Front, and their capture by grey-headed albatrosses. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67 (7). 1432-1435. 10.1093/icesjms/fsq069

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Abstract/Summary

Satellite-tracked squid predators and fish-finding acoustics were used to locate squid concentrations at the Antarctic Polar Front, then to sample them with a midwater trawl. Near-surface hauls were dominated by the squid Martialia hyadesi similar in size to those fed to grey-headed albatross chicks. The characteristics of the squid and their proximity to the surface suggest that the birds locate squid concentrations by olfaction and catch them by plunging.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1093/icesjms/fsq069
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Ecosystems
ISSN: 1054-3139
Additional Keywords: Antarctic Polar Front, grey-headed albatross, location and capture methods, pelagic midwater trawl, satellite tracking squid.
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 05 Oct 2010 13:07
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11374

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