Summer foraging activity and movements of radio-tagged common seals (Phoca vitulina L.) in the Moray Firth, Scotland

P. M. Thompson, D. Miller

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Abstract

Seals travelled up to 45 km from their haul-out sites on feeding trips of up to 6 days. Trip duration and foraging range were significantly correlated. At-sea locations were often clumped. Two of the 3 individuals returned regularly to particular feeding areas, apparently associated with habitats such as rocky reefs and offshore sandbanks. Spatial and temporal variations in the distribution of seals are discussed in relation to their breeding activity and to changes in food availability. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-501
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Ecology
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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