[MARMAM] New publication: Inter-site variability in the Cape fur seal's behavioural response to boat noise exposure

Mathilde Martin mathilde.martin at universite-paris-saclay.fr
Sun Oct 1 23:42:54 PDT 2023

Dear colleagues, On behalf of my co-authors, I am pleased to share our 
article recently published in Marine Pollution Bulletin: *Inter-site 
variability in the Cape fur seal's behavioural response to boat noise 
exposure* Mathilde Martin, Tess Gridley, Simon Elwen, Isabelle Charrier 
Abstract: The impact of man-made noise on wildlife is recognised as a 
major global concern affecting many taxa in both terrestrial and aquatic 
ecosystems, with the degree of impact varying among individuals or 
species. Understanding the factors inducing intra-species differences in 
response to noise is essential for the development of adapted and 
effective mitigation measures. This study compares the behavioural 
response of Cape fur seals to boat noise exposures at two study sites 
showing differences in their level of exposure to anthropogenic 
activities, and individual composition. Increased vigilance was found 
for Lambert's Bay seals exposed to high noise level (70–80 dB) compared 
to those tested at Cape Town harbour. Comparisons with a similar study 
performed in Namibia were made. Intrinsic factors such as individuals' 
age-class, sex or arousal state as well as extrinsic factors such as the 
ambient noise and the nature/extent of human-seal interactions were 
suggested to induce such variation. 
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2023.115589  <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2023.115589>Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need the pdf version or if 
you have any questions, Best regards,

*Mathilde MARTIN, PhD*
Acoustic Communications Team, Department Cognition & Network Neuroscience
NeuroPSI - Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience
151 rue de la Rotonde, 91400 Saclay, FRANCE

Tel: +33 (0)1 69 82 63 56
Email: mathilde.martin at universite-paris-saclay.fr
Website: https://mathildemartin-research.com/

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