Extreme physiological adaptations as predictors of climate‐change sensitivity in the narwhal, Monodon monoceros

@inproceedings{Williams2011ExtremePA,
  title={Extreme physiological adaptations as predictors of climate‐change sensitivity in the narwhal, Monodon monoceros},
  author={Terrie M. Williams and Shawn R Noren and Mascaraque Glenn},
  year={2011}
}
Rapid changes in sea ice cover associated with global warming are poised to have marked impacts on polar marine mammals. Here we examine skeletal muscle characteristics supporting swimming and diving in one polar species, the narwhal, and use these attributes to further document this cetacean's vulnerability to unpredictable sea ice conditions and changing ecosystems. We found that extreme morphological and physiological adaptations enabling year-round Arctic residency by narwhals limit… CONTINUE READING

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