Table of Contents: Social and Behavioral Ecology


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This section of the Marine Megafauna collection provides examples of studies focused on the social and behavioral ecology of large marine organisms, highlighting how scientists study the complex relationships amongst animals in the ocean.

PLOS Collections:

Research Articles

Why Do Dolphins Carry Sponges?

Janet Mann, Brooke L. Sargeant, Jana J. Watson-Capps, Quincy A. Gibson, Michael R. Heithaus, Richard C. Connor, Eric Patterson

Oceanic Sharks Clean at Coastal Seamount

Simon P. Oliver, Nigel E. Hussey, John R. Turner, Alison J. Beckett

Ethogram of Immature Green Turtles: Behavioral Strategies for Somatic Growth in Large Marine Herbivores

Junichi Okuyama, Kana Nakajima, Takuji Noda, Satoko Kimura, Hiroko Kamihata, Masato Kobayashi, Nobuaki Arai, Shiro Kagawa, Yuuki Kawabata, Hideaki Yamada

Nesting Phenology of Marine Turtles: Insights from a Regional Comparative Analysis on Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Mayeul Dalleau, Stéphane Ciccione, Jeanne A. Mortimer, Julie Garnier, Simon Benhamou, Jérôme Bourjea

Use of Social Information in Seabirds: Compass Rafts Indicate the Heading of Food Patches

Henri Weimerskirch, Sophie Bertrand, Jaime Silva, Jose Carlos Marques, Elisa Goya

It Costs to Be Clean and Fit: Energetics of Comfort Behavior in Breeding-Fasting Penguins

Vincent A. Viblanc, Adeline Mathien, Claire Saraux, Vanessa M. Viera, René Groscolas

Eating or Meeting? Cluster Analysis Reveals Intricacies of White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Migration and Offshore Behavior

Salvador J. Jorgensen, Natalie S. Arnoldi, Ethan E. Estess, Taylor K. Chapple, Martin Rückert, Scot D. Anderson, Barbara A. Block

I Know My Neighbour: Individual Recognition in Octopus vulgaris

Elena Tricarico, Luciana Borrelli, Francesca Gherardi, Graziano Fiorito

An Unprecedented Aggregation of Whale Sharks, Rhincodon typus, in Mexican Coastal Waters of the Caribbean Sea

Rafael de la Parra Venegas, Robert Hueter, Jaime González Cano, John Tyminski, José Gregorio Remolina, Mike Maslanka, Andrea Ormos, Lee Weigt, Bruce Carlson, Alistair Dove

Movement Patterns for a Critically Endangered Species, the Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Linked to Foraging Success and Population Status

Helen Bailey, Sabrina Fossette, Steven J. Bograd, George L. Shillinger, Alan M. Swithenbank, Jean-Yves Georges, Philippe Gaspar, K. H. Patrik Strömberg, Frank V. Paladino, James R. Spotila, Barbara A. Block, Graeme C. Hays

Complex Movements, Philopatry and Expanded Depth Range of a Severely Threatened Pelagic Shark, the Oceanic Whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus) in the Western North Atlantic

Lucy A. Howey-Jordan, Edward J. Brooks, Debra L. Abercrombie, Lance K. B. Jordan, Annabelle Brooks, Sean Williams, Emily Gospodarczyk, Demian D. Chapman