Behavioral responses of minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) to experimental fishing gear in a coastal environment

Abstract: Whale entanglement in fishing gear is a global problem, and underwater ropes associated with this gear are often the cause of injuries that can lead to fatalities. Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) are especially at risk because they are relatively small, widely distributed, and often occur in coastal habitats where many types of fishing gear are deployed. It is unknown...

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Low prevalence of visual impairment in a coastal population of gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) in the Gulf of St. lawrence, Canada

Abstract: Visual impairment is common in captive pin-nipeds (Sweeney, 1974; Ridgway et al., 1975; Stoskopf et al., 1983; Greenwood, 1985; Colitz et al., 2010a, 2010b), but its prevalence in the wild is currently unclear due to the limited number of published studies and inconsistent information in the relevant literature (e.g., Griner, 1983; Filer et al., 2003). Visual impairment is a...

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