Individual and geographical variation in display behaviour of male harbour seals in Scotland

  title={Individual and geographical variation in display behaviour of male harbour seals in Scotland},
  author={Sofie M. Van Parijs and Gordon D. Hastie and Paul M. Thompson},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Studying variations in behaviour at the individual or population level enables insight into the reproductive strategies within a species. We examined individual and geographical variation in the vocal and dive behaviour of male harbour seals, Phoca vitulina, which is associated with aquatic mating. This display behaviour was recorded in the Moray Firth, Scotland, from July 1994 to 1997, and in Orkney, Scotland, during July 1998. One vocalization type was apparent in the Moray Firth and two in… 

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