Gait switches in deep-diving beaked whales: biomechanical strategies for long-duration dives.

Abstract

Diving animals modulate their swimming gaits to promote locomotor efficiency and so enable longer, more productive dives. Beaked whales perform extremely long and deep foraging dives that probably exceed aerobic capacities for some species. Here, we use biomechanical data from suction-cup tags attached to three species of beaked whales (Mesoplodon… (More)
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.106013

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