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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Patterns of space use in sympatric marine colonial predators reveals scales of spatial partitioning (2015-08-27) - Journal articleSpecies distribution maps can provide important information to focus conservation efforts and enable spatial management of human activities. Two sympatric marine predators, grey seals Halichoerus grypus and harbour seals ...
(2016-08-17) - Journal articleDiving lung volume and tissue density, reflecting lipid store volume, are important physiological parameters that have only been estimated for a few breath-hold diving species. We fitted 12 northern bottlenose whales with ...
(2015) - Journal article1. Many animals communicate using sequences of discrete acoustic elements which can be complex, vary in their degree of stereotypy, and are potentially open-ended. Variation in sequences can provide important ecological, ...
Salmonella infection in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus), a marine mammal sentinel species : pathogenicity and molecular typing of Salmonella strains compared with human and livestock isolates (2016-03-15) - Journal articleMicrobial pollution of the marine environment through land-sea transfer of human and livestock pathogens is of concern. Salmonella was isolated from rectal swabs of free-ranging and stranded grey seal pups (21.1%; 37/175) ...