Department of Biology

Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Professor Peter Teglberg Madsen

Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales

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Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales. / van der Hoop, Julie Marie; E. Nousek‐McGregor, Anna ; P. Nowacek, Douglas ; Parks, Susan E.; Tyack, Peter L.; Madsen, Professor Peter Teglberg.

In: Functional Ecology, Vol. 33, No. 7, 07.2019, p. 1290-1306.

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Harvard

van der Hoop, JM, E. Nousek‐McGregor, A, P. Nowacek, D, Parks, SE, Tyack, PL & Madsen, PPT 2019, 'Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales', Functional Ecology, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 1290-1306. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13357

APA

van der Hoop, J. M., E. Nousek‐McGregor, A., P. Nowacek, D., Parks, S. E., Tyack, P. L., & Madsen, P. P. T. (2019). Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales. Functional Ecology, 33(7), 1290-1306. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13357

CBE

van der Hoop JM, E. Nousek‐McGregor A, P. Nowacek D, Parks SE, Tyack PL, Madsen PPT. 2019. Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales. Functional Ecology. 33(7):1290-1306. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13357

MLA

van der Hoop, Julie Marie et al. "Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales". Functional Ecology. 2019, 33(7). 1290-1306. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13357

Vancouver

van der Hoop JM, E. Nousek‐McGregor A, P. Nowacek D, Parks SE, Tyack PL, Madsen PPT. Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales. Functional Ecology. 2019 Jul;33(7):1290-1306. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13357

Author

van der Hoop, Julie Marie ; E. Nousek‐McGregor, Anna ; P. Nowacek, Douglas ; Parks, Susan E. ; Tyack, Peter L. ; Madsen, Professor Peter Teglberg. / Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales. In: Functional Ecology. 2019 ; Vol. 33, No. 7. pp. 1290-1306.

Bibtex

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title = "Foraging rates of ram-filtering North Atlantic right whales",
abstract = "North Atlantic right whales spend their summer months foraging primarily in American and Canadian Atlantic waters on high-energy-density prey. Here, they rapidly accumulate and store energy obtained within a few months to support future migrations and reproduction while fasting. High drag from their ram-filter foraging strategy places a limit on what prey densities will be energetically efficient to target. Our understanding of the volume of prey-laden water filtered by right whales during a dive or foraging bout, and what information they use to decide to forage or not, has been limited by the difficulties of measuring when they feed at depth, how fast they swim during continuous ram filtration and how often they might swallow accumulated prey. We used 10 DTAG deployments from right whales in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, to quantify swimming speeds and estimate the volume of prey-laden water filtered per dive. We used the tag's inertial sensors to evaluate the timing of frequent biomechanical changes that likely indicate the truncation of continuous filtration, and whether the number or timing of these fluking bouts relates to longer feeding dives or other foraging decisions. During foraging dives, right whales descended at 1.4 (±0.2 SD) m/s and slowed to swim at 1.1 (±0.3) m/s while filtering. We found consistent pauses in the fluking behaviour of foraging right whales, every 56 (±22) s. Whales filtered on average 78 (±30) m 3 of water per fluking bout and on average 673 (±201) m 3per dive. Right whales filter large volumes of water at low speeds with a high duty cycle, but require sufficiently high prey energy densities to compensate for a high-drag foraging strategy. Closely related bowhead whales have a larger gape but swim more slowly, filtering greater volumes with lower drag. Our findings highlight that right whales acquire their energy in a relatively short period of intense foraging; even moderate changes in their feeding behaviour or their prey energy density are likely to negatively impact their yearly energy budgets and therefore reduce fitness substantially. A plain language summary is available for this article. ",
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RIS

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AU - E. Nousek‐McGregor, Anna

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AU - Madsen, Professor Peter Teglberg

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N2 - North Atlantic right whales spend their summer months foraging primarily in American and Canadian Atlantic waters on high-energy-density prey. Here, they rapidly accumulate and store energy obtained within a few months to support future migrations and reproduction while fasting. High drag from their ram-filter foraging strategy places a limit on what prey densities will be energetically efficient to target. Our understanding of the volume of prey-laden water filtered by right whales during a dive or foraging bout, and what information they use to decide to forage or not, has been limited by the difficulties of measuring when they feed at depth, how fast they swim during continuous ram filtration and how often they might swallow accumulated prey. We used 10 DTAG deployments from right whales in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, to quantify swimming speeds and estimate the volume of prey-laden water filtered per dive. We used the tag's inertial sensors to evaluate the timing of frequent biomechanical changes that likely indicate the truncation of continuous filtration, and whether the number or timing of these fluking bouts relates to longer feeding dives or other foraging decisions. During foraging dives, right whales descended at 1.4 (±0.2 SD) m/s and slowed to swim at 1.1 (±0.3) m/s while filtering. We found consistent pauses in the fluking behaviour of foraging right whales, every 56 (±22) s. Whales filtered on average 78 (±30) m 3 of water per fluking bout and on average 673 (±201) m 3per dive. Right whales filter large volumes of water at low speeds with a high duty cycle, but require sufficiently high prey energy densities to compensate for a high-drag foraging strategy. Closely related bowhead whales have a larger gape but swim more slowly, filtering greater volumes with lower drag. Our findings highlight that right whales acquire their energy in a relatively short period of intense foraging; even moderate changes in their feeding behaviour or their prey energy density are likely to negatively impact their yearly energy budgets and therefore reduce fitness substantially. A plain language summary is available for this article.

AB - North Atlantic right whales spend their summer months foraging primarily in American and Canadian Atlantic waters on high-energy-density prey. Here, they rapidly accumulate and store energy obtained within a few months to support future migrations and reproduction while fasting. High drag from their ram-filter foraging strategy places a limit on what prey densities will be energetically efficient to target. Our understanding of the volume of prey-laden water filtered by right whales during a dive or foraging bout, and what information they use to decide to forage or not, has been limited by the difficulties of measuring when they feed at depth, how fast they swim during continuous ram filtration and how often they might swallow accumulated prey. We used 10 DTAG deployments from right whales in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, to quantify swimming speeds and estimate the volume of prey-laden water filtered per dive. We used the tag's inertial sensors to evaluate the timing of frequent biomechanical changes that likely indicate the truncation of continuous filtration, and whether the number or timing of these fluking bouts relates to longer feeding dives or other foraging decisions. During foraging dives, right whales descended at 1.4 (±0.2 SD) m/s and slowed to swim at 1.1 (±0.3) m/s while filtering. We found consistent pauses in the fluking behaviour of foraging right whales, every 56 (±22) s. Whales filtered on average 78 (±30) m 3 of water per fluking bout and on average 673 (±201) m 3per dive. Right whales filter large volumes of water at low speeds with a high duty cycle, but require sufficiently high prey energy densities to compensate for a high-drag foraging strategy. Closely related bowhead whales have a larger gape but swim more slowly, filtering greater volumes with lower drag. Our findings highlight that right whales acquire their energy in a relatively short period of intense foraging; even moderate changes in their feeding behaviour or their prey energy density are likely to negatively impact their yearly energy budgets and therefore reduce fitness substantially. A plain language summary is available for this article.

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