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Predator sound playbacks reveal strong avoidance responses in a fight strategist baleen whale. / Cure, Charlotte; Doksaeter-Sivle, Lise; Visser, Fleur; Wensveen, Paulus Jacobus; Isojunno, Saana; Harris, Catriona M; Kvadsheim, Petter; Lam, Frans-Peter; Miller, Patrick.

In: Marine Ecology Progress Series, Vol. 526, 22.04.2015, p. 267-282.

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Cure, C, Doksaeter-Sivle, L, Visser, F, Wensveen, PJ, Isojunno, S, Harris, CM, Kvadsheim, P, Lam, F-P & Miller, P 2015, 'Predator sound playbacks reveal strong avoidance responses in a fight strategist baleen whale', Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 526, pp. 267-282. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11231

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Cure, C., Doksaeter-Sivle, L., Visser, F., Wensveen, P. J., Isojunno, S., Harris, C. M., Kvadsheim, P., Lam, F-P., & Miller, P. (2015). Predator sound playbacks reveal strong avoidance responses in a fight strategist baleen whale. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 526, 267-282. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11231

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Cure C, Doksaeter-Sivle L, Visser F, Wensveen PJ, Isojunno S, Harris CM et al. Predator sound playbacks reveal strong avoidance responses in a fight strategist baleen whale. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2015 Apr 22;526:267-282. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11231

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Cure, Charlotte ; Doksaeter-Sivle, Lise ; Visser, Fleur ; Wensveen, Paulus Jacobus ; Isojunno, Saana ; Harris, Catriona M ; Kvadsheim, Petter ; Lam, Frans-Peter ; Miller, Patrick. / Predator sound playbacks reveal strong avoidance responses in a fight strategist baleen whale. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2015 ; Vol. 526. pp. 267-282.

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title = "Predator sound playbacks reveal strong avoidance responses in a fight strategist baleen whale",
abstract = "Anti-predator strategies are often defined as {\textquoteleft}flight{\textquoteright} or {\textquoteleft}fight{\textquoteright}, based upon preyanatomical adaptations for size, morphology and weapons, as well as observed behaviours in the presence of predators. The humpback whale Megaptera nova eangliae is considered a {\textquoteleft}fight{\textquoteright} specialist based upon anatomy and observations of grouping behaviour and active defence when attacked by killer whales. However, the early stage of humpback whale anti-predator strategy, when the prey detects the presence of a distant potential predator that may not have perceived it, has never been described. Our aim was to experimentally examine this initial stage of anti-predator responses. Humpbacks are likely to hear well at the frequencies of killer whale vocalisations, thus the perception of killer whale sounds could trigger anti-predator responses. To address this hypothesis, we played mammal-eating killer whale sounds to 8 solitary or paired humpbackwhales in North Atlantic feeding grounds and monitored their behavioural responses. We found that predator sound playbacks induced a cessation of feeding, a change in the diving pattern and a clear directional and rapid horizontal avoidance away from the speaker. Interestingly, in mothercalfpairs with young calves, the directional horizontal avoidance was atypically alternated by 90 degree turns, which may serve as a mechanism to better track the pre dator or a stealth tactic when more vulnerable animals are present. These results provide experimental evidence that humpback whales can exhibit a strong horizontal avoidance as an initial stage of anti-predator defence, indicating that anti-predator responses may be more graded and mixed than previously recognized.",
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