MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH NEWS


gerlinsky-tRunning on Empty:
Does nutritional status influence diving behavior in Steller sea lions?

For Western Alaska’s Steller sea lions, a change in the availability of their key prey may have caused widespread nutritional stress leading to the steep population decline. Do nutritionally stressed sea lions dive and forage as efficiently as they would at optimum health? A new Consortium study explores this question and more. See full story >


nordstrom-tForaging in Fine-Scale
New research details fur seal foraging patterns along ocean fronts

Northern fur seals in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands are vulnerable to changes in ocean currents. A new Consortium study mapped the foraging patterns of female fur seals and found new insights into how ocean currents can affect the success of a foraging trip.   See full story >


gerlinsky-tCalculating the limits of diving
Open water research provides clues to behavior in wild populations

Basic research into Steller sea lion physiology can help to answer important questions in the field. A recent Consortium study offers new insights into the physiological limits of diving, and could help researchers to better understand the behavior of sea lions in the wild.  See full story >


The Consortium is conducting a long-term research program on Steller sea lions, northern fur seals and other marine mammals and their interactions with fisheries, other species and oceanographic conditions in the North Pacific Ocean and Eastern Bering Sea.



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