Killer whale predation on bluefin tuna : exploring the hypothesis of the endurance-exhaustion technique

  title={Killer whale predation on bluefin tuna : exploring the hypothesis of the endurance-exhaustion technique},
  author={C{\'e}line Guinet and Paolo Domenici and Renaud de Stephanis and Lance G. Barrett-Lennard and John K. B. Ford and Philippe Verborgh},
Killer whales Orcinus orca occur in the area of the Strait of Gibraltar, where they prey on migrating bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus. In the spring, killer whales were observed to chase tuna for up to 30 min at a relatively high sustained speed (3.7 ± 0.2 m s–1) until they captured them. Using simple models based on previous locomotor performance data on killer whales and thunnids, we investigated the hypothesis that killer whales push tuna beyond their aerobic limits to exhaust and capture them… CONTINUE READING
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