Harp seal foraging behaviour during summer around Svalbard in the northern Barents Sea: diet composition and the selection of prey

@article{Lindstrm2012HarpSF,
  title={Harp seal foraging behaviour during summer around Svalbard in the northern Barents Sea: diet composition and the selection of prey},
  author={Ulf Lindstr{\o}m and Kjell Tormod Nilssen and Line M. S. Pettersen and Tore Haug},
  journal={Polar Biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={36},
  pages={305-320}
}
The harp seal Pagophilus groenlandicus is a major high trophic level predator in the Barents Sea, and to better understand their function in the Barents Sea ecosystem, we need to understand their foraging behaviour during their most intensive feeding period. We analysed the diet composition and prey preference of 184 harp seals and 94 faeces samples, sampled in the northern Barents Sea (around Svalbard) during the period May–August in 1996, 1997, and 2004–2006. Concurrent with the sampling of… 

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