NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU)
The Sea Mammal Research Unit carries out fundamental, cutting-edge research on marine mammals in many different subject areas. This research is carried out worldwide with a core objective of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in populations. With ever increasing pressure on the world's oceans and it resources, marine mammals are consequently often impacted by man's marine activities. One of our main aims is to therefore determine the nature, magnitude and significance of these expanding interactions.
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Intrinsic and extrinsic factors drive ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviour in a marine top predator (2017-11-14) - Journal articleYoung animals must learn to forage effectively to survive the transition from parental provisioning to independent feeding. Rapid development of successful foraging strategies is particularly important for capital breeders ...
Individual, ecological, and anthropogenic inﬂuences on activity budgets of long-ﬁnned pilot whales (2017-12) - Journal articleTime allocation to different activities and habitats enables individuals to modulate their perceived risks and access to resources, and can reveal important trade-offs between fitness-enhancing activities (e.g., feeding ...
(2017-04) - Journal articleNon-social factors can influence animal social structure. In killer whales (Orcinus orca), fish- versus mammal-eating ecological differences are regarded as key ecological drivers of their multilevel society, including ...
(2016-12-29) - Journal articleModern long-range naval sonars are a potential disturbance for marine mammals and can cause disruption of feeding in cetaceans. We examined the lunge-feeding behaviour of humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae before, ...
Successful suction-cup tagging of a small delphinid species, Stenella attenuata : insights into whistle characteristics (2017-04-13) - Journal article