Acoustic characteristics of underwater tail slaps used by Norwegian and Icelandic killer whales (Orcinus orca) to debilitate herring (Clupea harengus)

@article{Simon2005AcousticCO,
  title={Acoustic characteristics of underwater tail slaps used by Norwegian and Icelandic killer whales (Orcinus orca) to debilitate herring (Clupea harengus)},
  author={Malene Simon and M. Wahlberg and F. Ugarte and L. Miller},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={208},
  pages={2459 - 2466}
}
  • Malene Simon, M. Wahlberg, +1 author L. Miller
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • SUMMARY Norwegian killer whales debilitate prey by slapping their tails into herring schools. These underwater tail slaps produce a thud-like sound. It is unclear whether this sound is caused by cavitation and/or physical contact between herring and whale tail. Also the forces causing debilitation of the fish are not understood. Here we present an acoustic analysis of underwater tail slaps using a multi-channel wide (150 kHz) band recording system. Underwater tail slaps produced by Norwegian… CONTINUE READING

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