Balancing Requirements for Stability and Maneuverability in Cetaceans1

  title={Balancing Requirements for Stability and Maneuverability in Cetaceans1},
  author={Frank E. Fish},
  booktitle={Integrative and Comparative Biology},
  • F. Fish
  • Published in
    Integrative and Comparative…
    1 February 2002
  • Environmental Science
Abstract The morphological designs of animals represent a balance between stability for efficient locomotion and instability associated with maneuverability. Morphologies that deviate from designs associated with stability are highly maneuverable. Major features affecting maneuverability are positions of control surfaces and flexibility of the body. Within odontocete cetaceans (i.e., toothed whales), variation in body design affects stability and turning performance. Position of control… 

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