Despite the difficulties presented by surviving in the marine environment, mammals have successfully re-invaded the oceans at least six times. As such, the different species marine mammals have evolved a wide range of physiological adaptations that allow them to thrive in such a challenging environment. In order to begin to better understand these adaptations I will begin by examining the stroking costs and mechanics in physiologically diverse marine mammals to determine how they are able to maximize foraging efficiency through different means.

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I have already begun looking at Narwhals (Monodon monoceros, left) and beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris, right) and am looking forward to branching out to new species soon.


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