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Marine Apex Predator Research Unit

03/10/2017

In an article recently publish in Royal Society Open Science, MAPRU post-doc Alistair McInnes showed that African penguins have signifcantly more success capturing prey when hunting in groups.

See article here: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.170918 

 

Using animal bourne video cameras Alstair showed that prey capture by African penguins was significantly improved when the penguins foraged in groups and targeted schools of fish rather than solitary fish. This work shows that the consequences of over-exploitation of ocean reseources, environmental change and resulting diminishing population sizes of the African penguin may have a greater effect on these bird than previously thought.