Marine mammal social organization and communication

Peter L. Tyack*

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Marine mammals are highly social animals that rely on cooperative behaviors to survive in an aquatic environment. Complex social interactions are driven by ecological principles that provide a service to those involved. This chapter reviews examples of social organization and communication in marine mammals and how they aid in marine mammal survival.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Ocean Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128130810
ISBN (Print)9780128130827
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Aquatic mammals
  • Cooperative feeding
  • Mating behavior
  • Sexual selection
  • Social recognition


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