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Marine predator–prey contests: Ambush and speed versus vigilance and agility
Martin, R.A.; Hammerschlag, N. (2012). Marine predator–prey contests: Ambush and speed versus vigilance and agility. Mar. Biol. Res. 8(1): 90-94.
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000, more
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    Foraging behaviour; Predation; Predator prey interactions; Arctocephalus pusillus (Schreber, 1775) [WoRMS]; Carcharodon carcharias (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
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    Optimal foraging; predation; predator-prey interactions; seal; shark

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  • Martin, R.A.
  • Hammerschlag, N.

    Differences in relative strengths and weaknesses between predators and prey under tactical contexts result in complex and dynamic contests between them. These contests are often brief and difficult to observe in marine systems. Here, we employ basic principles of underwater optics and physics to provide a conceptual understanding of mechanisms underlying predator–prey interactions between white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) that have been previously described at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa.

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