Mouthing off about fish capture: Jaw movement in pinnipeds reveals the real secrets of ingestion.

Liebsch, N, Wilson, Rory P., Bornemann, H., Adelung, Dieter and Plötz, J. (2007) Mouthing off about fish capture: Jaw movement in pinnipeds reveals the real secrets of ingestion. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 54 (3-4). pp. 256-269. DOI 10.1016/j.dsr2.2006.11.014.

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Abstract

Determination of when and where animals feed and how much they consume is fundamental to understand their ecology and role in ecosystems. However, the lack of reliable data on feeding habits of wild animals, and particularly in marine endotherms, attests to the difficulty in doing this. A promising recent development proposes using a Hall sensor-magnet system, the inter-mandibular angle sensor (IMASEN) attached to animals’ jaws to elucidate feeding events. We conducted trials on captive pinnipeds by feeding IMASEN-equipped animals with prey to examine the utility of this system. Most feeding events were clearly distinguishable from other jaw movements; only small prey items might not be resolved adequately. Based on the results of this study we examined feeding events from free-ranging pinnipeds fitted with IMASENs and dead-reckoners and present data on prey capture and ingestion in relation to the three-dimensional movement patterns of the seals.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Feeding; Technology; Ecology; Harbour seals; Australian sea lions; Weddell seals
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften
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Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2006.11.014
ISSN: 0967-0645
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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 09:15
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 09:15
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/47094

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