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Fish behaviour: a possible role in the oiling of seabirds
Kerley, G.I.H.; Bowen, L.; Erasmus, T. (1987). Fish behaviour: a possible role in the oiling of seabirds. S. Afr. J. Wildl. Res./S.-Afr. Tydskr. Natuurnav. 17(4): 128-130
In: South African Journal of Wildlife Research = Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurnavorsing. Southern African Wildlife Management Association: Pretoria. ISSN 0379-4369, more
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    Food organisms; Foraging behaviour; Marine birds; Oil pollution; Aves [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Kerley, G.I.H.
  • Bowen, L.
  • Erasmus, T.

    Fish are known to associate with floating objects. In the laboratory, mullet (Liza dumerili ) were observed associating with floating oil. If fish at sea associate with oil slicks and foraging seabirds attempt to capture them, then the likelihood of these seabirds becoming oiled is increased.

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