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Evidence from Strandings for Geomagnetic Sensitivity in Cetaceans

  title={Evidence from Strandings for Geomagnetic Sensitivity in Cetaceans},
  author={J. Kirschvink and A. Dizon and J. Westphal},
  • J. Kirschvink, A. Dizon, J. Westphal
  • Published 2013
  • Biology
  • We tested the hypothesis that cetaceans use weak anomalies in the geomagnetic field as cues for orientation, navigation and/or piloting. Using the positions of 212 stranding events of live animals in the Smith sonian compilation which fall within the boundaries of the USGS East-Coast Aeromagnetic Survey, we found that there are highly significant tendencies for cetaceans to beach themselves near coastal locations with local magnetic minima. Monte-Carlo simulations confirm the significance of… CONTINUE READING
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