Marine aquaculture and bottlenose dolphins’ (Tursiops truncatus) social structure

  title={Marine aquaculture and bottlenose dolphins’ (Tursiops truncatus) social structure},
  author={Bruno D{\'i}az L{\'o}pez and Julia Andrea Bernal Shirai},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
In this study, we investigate association patterns of 249 bottlenose dolphin feeding groups off Sardinia Island (Italy) from January 2000–May 2007 and describe how their association behaviour is related to their response to food patches created by a marine fin fish farm. We also tested the hypothesis that dolphins have different social structures with different feeding activities: Associations should decrease during opportunistic feeding behaviours as it is easier to capture prey, and… CONTINUE READING


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