Body condition changes at sea: Onboard calculation and telemetry of body density in diving animals
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionMethods in Ecology and Evolution. 2023, . 10.1111/2041-210X.14089
The ability of marine mammals to accumulate sufficient lipid energy reserves is vital for mammals' survival and successful reproduction. However, long-term monitoring of at-sea changes in body condition, specifically lipid stores, has only been possible in elephant seals performing prolonged drift dives (low-density lipids alter the rates of depth change while drifting). This approach has limited applicability to other species.