Understanding the Foraging Ecology of Beaked and Short-Finned Pilot Whales in Hawaiian Waters
HAWAII INST OF MARINE BIOLOGY KAILUA HI MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH PROGRAM
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The overall goal of our research is to understand beaked whale foraging and to learn how to alleviate acoustic encounters between Navy assets and beaked whales and other deep diving odontocetes. Understanding of the characteristics and dynamics of the prey field is critical in understanding the foraging behavior and life cycle of beaked whales. The movement patterns of any animals are strongly affected by the availability of food resources, so in order to understand the foraging behavior of beaked whales, the behavior of the prey, the oceanographic conditions affecting the presence of the prey and how the whales interact with the prey field all needs to be better understood.
- Biological Oceanography