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Observations on diving behaviour and swimming speeds in a wild juvenile Tursiops truncatus
Lockyer, C.; Morris, R. (1987). Observations on diving behaviour and swimming speeds in a wild juvenile Tursiops truncatus. Aquat. Mamm. 13(1): 31-35
In: Aquatic Mammals. European Association for Aquatic Mammals: Harderwijk. ISSN 0167-5427, more
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Keywords
    Diving; Juveniles; Marine mammals; Swimming; Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Lockyer, C.
  • Morris, R.

Abstract
    Observations were made on the dive behaviour of a solitary wild juvenile male bottlenose dolphin between March-May 1985 off Pembrokeshire, Wales. Results indicated a mean dive duration of 55.3 sec with an average of 3.5 blows between dives at mean intervals of 10.5 sec. Maximum sustained free-swimming speeds observed declined linearly with duration periods up to 4 min, with observed maximum peak brief effort of 54 km/hr over 20 sec. For longer periods, sustained speeds fell between 4-20 km/hr.

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