Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Disturbance-specific social responses in long-finned pilot whales, Globicephala melas

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DOI

Open Access permissions

Open

Abstract

Social interactions among animals can influence their response to disturbance. We investigated responses of long-finned pilot whales to killer whale sound playbacks and two anthropogenic sources of disturbance: Tagging effort and naval sonar exposure. The acoustic scene and diving behaviour of tagged individuals were recorded along with the social behaviour of their groups. All three disturbance types resulted in larger group sizes, increasing social cohesion during disturbance. However, the nature and magnitude of other responses differed between disturbance types. Tagging effort resulted in a clear increase in synchrony and a tendency to reduce surface logging and to become silent (21% of cases), whereas pilot whales increased surface resting during sonar exposure. Killer whale sounds elicited increased calling rates and the aggregation of multiple groups, which approached the sound source together. This behaviour appears to represent a mobbing response, a likely adaptive social defence against predators or competitors. All observed response-Tactics would reduce risk of loss of group coordination, suggesting that, in social pilot whales, this could drive behavioural responses to disturbance. However, the behavioural means used to achieve social coordination depends upon other considerations, which are disturbance-specific.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number28641
Number of pages11
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2016

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Evidence for discrimination between feeding sounds of familiar fish and unfamiliar mammal-eating killer whale ecotypes by long-finned pilot whales

    Curé, C., Isojunno, S., I Vester, H., Visser, F., Oudejans, M., Biassoni, N., Massenet, M., Barluet de Beauchesne, L., J Wensveen, P., Sivle, L. D., Tyack, P. L. & Miller, P. J. O., 22 Jun 2019, In : Animal Cognition. 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Northern bottlenose whales in a pristine environment respond strongly to close and distant navy sonar signals

    Wensveen, P. J., Isojunno, S., Hansen, R. R., Von Benda-beckmann, A. M., Kleivane, L., Van Ijsselmuide, S., Lam, F. A., Kvadsheim, P. H., Deruiter, S. L., Curé, C., Narazaki, T., Tyack, P. L. & Miller, P. J. O., 20 Mar 2019, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 286, 1899, 10 p., 20182592.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Marine mammals and sonar: dose-response studies, the risk-disturbance hypothesis and the role of exposure context

    Harris, C. M., Thomas, L., Falcone, E., Hildebrand, J., Houser, D., Kvadsheim, P., Lam, F-P. A., Miller, P., Moretti, D. J., Read, A., Slabbekoorn, H., Southall, B. L., Tyack, P. L., Wartzok, D. & Janik, V. M., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 55, 1, p. 396-404

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  4. Lack of behavioural responses of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) indicate limited effectiveness of sonar mitigation

    Wensveen, P. J., Kvadsheim, P. H., Lam, F-P. A., von Benda-Beckmann, A. M., Sivle, L. D., Visser, F., Curé, C., Tyack, P. L. & Miller, P. J. O., 15 Nov 2017, In : Journal of Experimental Biology. 220, 22, p. 4150-4161

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Avoidance responses of minke whales to 1–4 kHz naval sonar

    Kvadsheim, P. H., DeRuiter, S., Sivle, L. D., Goldbogen, J., Roland-Hansen, R., Miller, P. J. O., Lam, F-P. A., Calambokidis, J., Friedlaender, A., Visser, F., Tyack, P. L., Kleivane, L. & Southall, B., 15 Aug 2017, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 121, 1-2, p. 60-68

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Monica Arso Civil (Reviewer)
    Jul 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Anouk Margaretha Borst (Reviewer)
    10 Feb 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  3. Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Emma Louise Carroll (Member of editorial board)
    3 Oct 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

  4. Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Uli Schwarz-Linek (Reviewer)
    11 May 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  5. Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Ildiko Maureen Lara Somorjai (Reviewer)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Related by journal

  1. A comparative analysis of response times shows that multisensory benefits and interactions are not equivalent

    Innes, B. R. & Otto, T. U., 27 Feb 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 10 p., 2921.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. A large explosive silicic eruption in the British Palaeogene Igneous Province

    Troll, V. R., Emeleus, C. H., Nicoll, G. R., Mattsson, T., Ellam, R. M., Donaldson, C. H. & Harris, C., 24 Jan 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 15 p., 494.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Automated tumour budding quantification by machine learning augments TNM staging in muscle-invasive bladder cancer prognosis

    Brieu, N., Gavriel, C., Nearchou, I. P., Harrison, D. J., Schmidt, G. & Caie, P. D., 26 Mar 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 5174.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Classifying grey seal behaviour in relation to environmental variability and commercial fishing activity - a multivariate hidden Markov model

    van Beest, F. M., Mews, S., Elkenkamp, S., Schuhmann, P., Tsolak, D., Wobbe, T., Bartolino, V., Bastardie, F., Dietz, R., von Dorrien, C., Galatius, A., Karlsson, O., McConnell, B., Nabe-Nielsen, J., Olsen, M. T., Teilmann, J. & Langrock, R., 4 Apr 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 14 p., 5642.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Defining the genes for the final steps in biosynthesis of the complex polyketide antibiotic mupirocin by Pseudomonas fluorescens NCIMB10586

    Connolly, J. A., Wilson, A., Macioszek, M., Song, Z., Wang, L., Mohammad, H. H., Yadav, M., di Martino, M., Miller, C. E., Hothersall, J., Haines, A. S., Stephens, E. R., Crump, M. P., Willis, C. L., Simpson, T. J., Winn, P. J. & Thomas, C. M., 7 Feb 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 9 p., 1542.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ID: 244335028