Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Sperm whale habitat use and foraging success of northern Chile: Evidence of ecological links between coastal and pelagic systems

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Cold water upwelling along the coast of Chile drives some of the most Productive marine ecosystems in the world; one exam le is the Mejillones upwelling system at 23degreesS. We studied. p I the distribution, movements and foraging success of the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus off the northern coast of Chile (18degrees30'S to 25degreesS) over a 9 mo period. We used a small sailing vessel to survey the area using visual and acoustic methods, and followed any sperm whale groups encountered, collecting defecation rate data as an index of foraging success. Both encounter and defecation rates were greater in the southern part of the study area (> 22degrees 30' S) relative to the north, coinciding with the Mejillones upwelling. Movement patterns were also markedly different, with groups in the southern part of the area having smaller net 12 h displacements, and less directionality, than those in the north, such that they tended to remain in the area associated with high defecation rates. We suggest that the greater foraging success off Mejillones was due to upwelled water being entrained offshore and southward by local physical oceanography, making productivity from coastal upwelling available offshore to pelagic predators.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-295
Number of pages7
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume275
Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Research areas

  • sperm whale, distribution, movements, foraging, upwelling, CHLOROPHYLL-A DISTRIBUTION, HUMBOLDT CURRENT SYSTEM, PHYSETER-MACROCEPHALUS, FEEDING SUCCESS, OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS, SPATIAL-DISTRIBUTION, CALANUS-CHILENSIS, MEJILLONES, PENINSULA, REGION

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

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Habitat use of a coastal delphinid population investigated using passive acoustic monitoring

    Palmer, K., Brookes, K. L., Davies, I. M., Edwards, E. & Rendell, L. E., 6 Sep 2019, In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 29, S1, p. 254-270

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Migratory convergence facilitates cultural transmission of humpback whale song

    Owen, C., Rendell, L., Constantine, R., Noad, M. J., Allen, J., Andrews, O., Garrigue, C., Poole, M. M., Donnelly, D., Hauser, N. & Garland, E. C., 4 Sep 2019, In : Royal Society Open Science. 6, 9, 15 p., 190337.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Causes and consequences of female centrality in cetacean societies

    Rendell, L. E., Cantor, M., Gero, S., Whitehead, H. & Mann, J., Sep 2019, In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. B, Biological Sciences. 374, 1780, 13 p., 20180066.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  4. The reach of gene-culture coevolution in animals

    Whitehead, H., Laland, K. N., Rendell, L., Thorogood, R. & Whiten, A., 3 Jun 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 10 p., 2405.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  5. Animal cultures matter for conservation

    Brakes, P., Dall, S. R. X., Aplin, L. M., Bearhop, S., Carroll, E. L., Ciucci, P., Fishlock, V., Ford, J. K. B., Garland, E. C., Keith, S. A., McGregor, P. K., Mesnick, S. L., Noad, M. J., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., Robbins, M. M., Simmonds, M. P., Spina, F., Thornton, A., Wade, P. R., Whiting, M. J. & 5 others, Williams, J., Rendell, L., Whitehead, H., Whiten, A. & Rutz, C., 8 Mar 2019, In : Science. 363, 6431, p. 1032-1034 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related by journal

  1. Marine Ecology Progress Series (Journal)

    Joanna Louise Kershaw (Member of editorial board)
    12 Jul 2019

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

  2. Marine Ecology Progress Series (Journal)

    Sophie Caroline Smout (Reviewer)
    1 Mar 201630 Mar 2016

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

  3. Marine Ecology Progress Series (Journal)

    Nora Nell Hanson (Reviewer)
    Dec 2013

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

  4. Marine Ecology Progress Series (Journal)

    Andrew Stuart Brierley (Editor)
    20092011

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

Related by journal

  1. Behavioural ontogeny of bearded seals Erignathus barbatus through the first year of life

    Hamilton, C. D., Lydersen, C., Fedak, M. A., Freitas, C., Hindell, M. A. & Kovacs, K. M., 26 Sep 2019, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 627, p. 179-194 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Habitat use of culturally distinct Galápagos sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus clans

    Eguiguren, A., Pirotta, E., Cantor, M., Rendell, L. & Whitehead, H., 17 Jan 2019, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 609, p. 257-270

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Sex differences in migration and demography of a wide-ranging seabird, the northern gannet

    Deakin, Z., Hamer, K. C., Sherley, R. B., Bearhop, S., Bodey, T. W., Clark, B. L., Grecian, W. J., Gummery, M., Lane, J., Morgan, G., Morgan, L., Phillips, R. A., Wakefield, E. D. & Votier, S. C., 18 Jul 2019, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 622, p. 191-201 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Spatio-temporal patterns in fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) habitat use in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence

    Schleimer, A. C. H., Ramp, C., Plourde, S., Lehoux, C., Sears, R. & Hammond, P. S., 30 Jul 2019, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 623, p. 221-234

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Context-dependent reduction in somatic condition of wild Atlantic salmon infested with sea lice

    Susdorf, R., Salama, N., Todd, C. D., Hillman, R., Elsmere, P. & Lusseau, D., 15 Nov 2018, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 606, p. 91-104

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ID: 363309

Top