The behavioural and physiological ecology of diving

Boyd, I.L.. 1997 The behavioural and physiological ecology of diving. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 12 (6). 213-217.

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Recent measurements of remarkable dive performances in oceanic seabirds and marine mammals suggest the use of a range of physiological and behavioural adaptations for the parsimonious use of oxygen. Access to food at different depths may be directly related to the duration of the breath-hold, and several physiological strategies may be used to extend dive duration. But is also a growing appreciation of the importance of behavioural strategies adopted by divers to minimize the effects of physiological limitations on diving performance and to maximize access to food.

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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 01695347
Date made live: 23 Jul 2014 09:12 +0 (UTC)

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