Tri-axial accelerometers tease apart discrete behaviours in the common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis

G.N. Lyons, E.C. Pope, B. Kostka, R.P. Wilson, Z. Dobrajc, J. D. R. Houghton

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Abstract

Acceleration data loggers can be used to construct time-energy budgets or identify specific behaviours in free living animals. Within a marine context such devices have been largely deployed on vertebrates with comparatively little attention paid to commercially important invertebrates such as cephalopod molluscs. Here we tested the utility of tri-axial accelerometers to tease apart six discrete behaviours in the common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis. By considering depth profiles in conjunction with body pitch and roll and overall dynamic body acceleration we were able to make distinctions between resting at the seabed, active swimming, mating, post-coital panting and active manoeuvring along the seabed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1392
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume93
Issue number5
Early online date26 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2013

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