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Penguin-mounted cameras glimpse underwater group behaviour

Takahashi, A.; Sato, K.; Naito, Y.; Dunn, M.J.; Trathan, P.N.; Croxall, J.P.. 2004 Penguin-mounted cameras glimpse underwater group behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 271 (Supplement 5). S281-S282. 10.1098/rsbl.2004.0182

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Abstract/Summary

Marine birds and mammals spend most of their lives in the open ocean far from human observation, which makes obtaining information about their foraging behaviour difficult. Here, we show, by use of a miniaturized digital camera system, the first direct evidence (to our knowledge) of underwater group behaviour in free-ranging penguins. Penguins swim closely accompanied by other bird(s) during 24% of their possible foraging dives. This finding confirms that such miniaturized camera technology has broad applicability for advancing our knowledge about the previously unknown social interactions of marine animals at depth.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1098/rsbl.2004.0182
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Independent Projects
BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Dynamics and Management of Ocean Ecosystems
ISSN: 0962-8452
Additional Keywords: diving behaviour, group behaviour, camera technology
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Date made live: 15 Mar 2012 09:42
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/12465

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