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Shelling out for dinner: dolphins’ foraging technique spreads socially among peers

What have you learned from your friends or family? Many animals, including humans, learn behaviour from other individuals of the same species through a process called social learning. Offspring often rely on their parents to learn behaviour, as the parental generation is usually more experienced and... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Radolfzell, Germany; Cluster for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 16, 2021
Cascading effects of a marine heatwave impact dolphin survival and reproduction

Extreme weather events such as droughts, heavy rainfalls or extreme temperature fluctuations are occurring more frequently around the globe associated with global climate change. In early 2011, the western Australian coastline was hit by an unprecedented marine heatwave, which turned the coastal waters into a... click to read more

  • Sonja Wild | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Radolfzell, Germany; Cluster for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 20, 2019
All guts, no glory: ingested microplastics in marine mammals

Microplastics (pieces less than 5 mm in size) have now been discovered in a wide range of aquatic habitats, from deep-sea sediments to seemingly pristine tropical beaches. Their small size and omnipresence mean that microplastics can be eaten by animals at the base of the... click to read more

  • Sarah Nelms | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 11, 2019