Earthquakes Disrupt Sperm Whales’ Ability to Find Food

The University of Otago-led research is the first to examine the impact of a large earthquake on a population of marine mammals and offers new insight into how top predators such as sperm whales react and adapt to a large-scale natural disturbance.

Changes in habitat use by a deep-diving predator in response to a coastal earthquake has recently been published in Deep-Sea Research Part I.

Earthquakes and aftershocks can affect sperm whales in several ways, the study explains.

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