South American Sea Lions (Otaria flavescens) Avoid Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Predation

@inproceedings{Vila2008SouthAS,
  title={South American Sea Lions (Otaria flavescens) Avoid Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Predation},
  author={Alejandro R. Vila and Claudio Campagna and Miguel Angel I{\~n}iguez and Valeria Falabella},
  year={2008}
}
South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) are predictably preyed on by killer whales (Orcinus orca) at their breeding colonies in Peninsula Valdés, Argentina. Captures occur in shallow waters along the coastline. Killer whales strand in the surf where sea lion pups practice their swimming skills. Being slow and apparently unaware of danger (nonvigilant), pups are the most vulnerable prey (87% of captures). Adult sea lions escaped most attacks by increasing their swimming speed, changing… CONTINUE READING

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