Marine predator-prey contests: Ambush and speed versus vigilance and agility

R. Aidan Martin, Neil Hammerschlag

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Differences in relative strengths and weaknesses between predators and prey under tactical contexts result in complex and dynamic contests between them. These contests are often brief and difficult to observe in marine systems. Here, we employ basic principles of underwater optics and physics to provide a conceptual understanding of mechanisms underlying predator-prey interactions between white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) that have been previously described at Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-94
Number of pages5
JournalMarine Biology Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Optimal foraging
  • predation
  • predator-prey interactions
  • seal
  • shark

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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