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Acoustic Foraging Behavior of Beluga Whales Via Combined Technology: Satellite Telemetry, Passive Acoustics, Accelerometry, and Stomach Temperature Sensing

January 01, 2017

Acoustic foraging behavior of beluga whales, a poster for a Marine Mammal Symposium.

Main findings: 

  • Feeding episodes occur during flooding and ebbing tide periods.
  • Preference for shallow waters (mud flats) or river channels.
  • Terminal buzzes are related to prey capture like in other odontocetes.
  • Buzzes are longer and emitted more often than other odontocetes.
  • Inter-click interval can be used to identify feeding events.
  • Body rotation might facilitate prey capture in shallow water.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 10/07/2022

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