Changes in metabolism in response to fasting and food restriction in the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus).

@article{Rosen2002ChangesIM,
  title={Changes in metabolism in response to fasting and food restriction in the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus).},
  author={David A S Rosen and Andrew W. Trites},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology},
  year={2002},
  volume={132 2},
  pages={
          389-99
        }
}
Many animals lower their resting metabolism (metabolic depression) when fasting or consuming inadequate food. We sought to document this response by subjecting five Steller sea lions to periods of: (1) complete fasting; or (2) restricting them to 50% of their normal herring diet. The sea lions lost an average of 1.5% of their initial body mass per day (2.30 kg/d) during the 9-14-day fast, and their resting metabolic rates decreased 31%, which is typical of a "fasting response". However… CONTINUE READING
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