Sea snakes anticipate tropical cyclone

@article{Liu2010SeaSA,
  title={Sea snakes anticipate tropical cyclone},
  author={Y. L. Liu and Harvey B. Lillywhite and M. C. Tu},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={157},
  pages={2369-2373}
}
Here, we report anticipatory behaviors of sea snakes and provide the first evidence for a sensory mechanism by which they survive a catastrophic cyclone. Sea kraits (Laticauda spp.) are normally abundant in littoral habitats at Lanyu (Orchid Island), Taiwan but disappeared coincident with falling barometric pressure prior to typhoon Morakot, which impacted the island severely during 7–9 August 2009. The abundance of sea kraits that are visible within the littoral zone correlates with barometric… 

Abundance of Sea Kraits Correlates with Precipitation

Six years of longitudinal data on the abundance of sea kraits related to precipitation at sites where these snakes are normally abundant in the coastal waters of Lanyu (Orchid Island), Taiwan corroborate previous findings and suggest that freshwater dependence influences the abundance or activity ofSea kraits on both spatial and temporal scales.

Vulnerability of sea turtles and fishes in response to two catastrophic Caribbean hurricanes, Irma and Maria

The strong spatial resilience of several nearshore species despite exposure to two consecutive category 5 hurricanes is shown, suggesting vulnerability stemming from altered habitat, prey availability, or temperature/oxygen profiles.

Pinpointing Drivers of Extirpation in Sea Snakes: A Synthesis of Evidence From Ashmore Reef

Over the past decade, vertebrate populations globally have experienced significant declines in distribution and abundance. Understanding the reasons behind these population declines is the first step

Riders on the storm: loggerhead sea turtles detect and respond to a major hurricane in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

The movements and dive behavior of juvenile and adult-sized loggerhead sea turtles that were foraging in the Mid-Atlantic Bight as Hurricane Irene moved through the region were analyzed and recorded, demonstrating that loggerheads observe environmental changes to the entire water column, including during extreme weather events.

Coastal evacuations by fish during extreme weather events

Coastal evacuations by otherwise resident riverine striped bass in the Hudson River Estuary, New York, USA, caused by an intense period of tropical storms in autumn 2011 are identified.

Tropical cyclones alter short-term activity patterns of a coastal seabird

Telemetry data showed that large subtropical seabirds such as pelicans may mitigate risk associated with spatially-extensive meteorological events by decreasing daily movements, and represents a strategy common to several other classes of marine vertebrate predators for increasing survival probabilities.

Large sharks exhibit varying behavioral responses to major hurricanes

Movements of Juvenile Bull Sharks in Response to a Major Hurricane Within a Tropical Estuarine Nursery Area

Predicting the responses of animals to environmental changes is a fundamental goal of ecology and is necessary for conservation and management of species. While most studies focus on relatively

Dehydration and drinking behavior in true sea snakes (Elapidae: Hydrophiinae: Hydrophiini)

The dehydration and drinking responses of five species of hydrophiin sea snakes collected during the dry season in northern Australia illustrate that sea snakes are characterized by diverse responses to dehydration and likely have different osmoregulatory strategies for survival, with implications for better understanding the evolutionary success of secondarily marine vertebrates.

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 16 REFERENCES

Sea Snakes (Laticauda spp.) Require Fresh Drinking Water: Implication for the Distribution and Persistence of Populations

It is reported that three species of sea snake actually dehydrate in marine environments, and it is shown that Laticauda spp.

Sea snakes (Lapemis curtus) are sensitive to low-amplitude water motions.

Anguilliform fishes and sea kraits: neglected predators in coral-reef ecosystems

Analysis of the stomach contents of two species of sea snakes that feed on eels revealed that in New Caledonia, eels are far more abundant and diverse than previously suspected.

Running before the storm: blacktip sharks respond to falling barometric pressure associated with Tropical Storm Gabrielle

A small population of juvenile black Tip sharks Carcharhinus limbatus responded to the approach of a tropical storm by moving to deeper water, and all blacktip sharks returned to the shallow nursery area after the storm's passage, suggesting that this was an innate behaviour.

Predicting the unpredictable; evidence of pre‐seismic anticipatory behaviour in the common toad

Reduced toad activity coincides with pre-seismic perturbations in the ionosphere, detected by very low frequency (VLF) radio sounding and is compared with reported responses to seismic activity of several other species.

Hurricane effects on backreef echinoderms of the Caribbean

The impacts of Hurricanes Gilbert (1988) and Hugo (1989) on echinoderm assemblages were assessed in backreef habitats in Jamaica and St. Croix, respectively. One site on each island was censused

Hurricanes, Coral Reefs and Rainforests: Resistance, Ruin and Recovery in the Caribbean

Abstract The coexistence of hurricanes, coral reefs, and rainforests in the Caribbean demonstrates that highly structured ecosystems with great diversity can flourish in spite of recurring exposure

Effects of Hurricane Allen on reef fish assemblages near Discovery Bay, Jamaica

On 6 August 1980, Hurricane Allen pounded the north coast of Jamaica with its heaviest seas of this century. The resulting destruction of fish habitats was followed by changes in predator abundance,

Mass stranding of pygmy killer whales (Feresa attenuata) in the British Virgin Islands

The pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata) is an offshore, tropical and subtropical delphinid found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The species has only recently been studied, mostly from

Post-nesting movements and behavior of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) departing from east-central Florida nesting beaches

In shallow waters, loggerheads dove less often but remained underwater for longer periods of time than they did over deep waters, and passive turtles in deep water had longer surface times.