The behavioural and physiological ecology of diving

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Abstract

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 there 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-217
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997

Keywords

  • AEROBIC DIVE LIMIT
  • WEDDELL SEALS
  • OXYGEN STORES
  • MIROUNGA-LEONINA
  • FEEDING-BEHAVIOR
  • METABOLIC RATES
  • ELEPHANT SEALS
  • HEART-RATE
  • BLOOD
  • CONSUMPTION

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