This article discusses marine mammal examples for each of these basic problems in the behavioral ecology of all animal species: foraging behavior: how to find, select, and process prey; predator avoidance or defense: the flip side of foraging from the prey’s point of view; dispersal and migration; competition and agonistic behavior; sexual behavior: how to find, court, and choose mates; parental behavior; social behavior; and social relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Marine Mammals, Third Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128043271
ISBN (Print)9780128043813
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Behavior
  • foraging
  • migration
  • parental behavior
  • predator defense
  • reproduction
  • sexual behavior
  • social behavior


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