(Table 1) Comparison of dive duration and speed of Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) equipped with internal and external devices


Bio-logging studies suffer from the lack of real controls. However, it is still possible to compare indirect parameters between control and equipped animals to assess the level of global disturbance due to instrumentation. In addition, it is also possible to compare the behaviour of free-ranging animals between individuals equipped with different techniques or instruments to determine the less deleterious approach. We instrumented Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) with internal or external time-depth recorders and monitored them in parallel with a control group during the first foraging trip following instrumentation. Foraging trip duration was significantly longer in the internally-equipped group. This difference was due to a larger number of dives, reflecting a lower foraging ability or a higher food demand, and longer periods of recovery at the surface. These longer recovery periods were likely to be due to a reduced efficiency to ventilate at the surface, probably because the implanted devices pressurised adjacent organs such as air sacs. Moreover, descent and ascent rates were slightly lower in externally-equipped penguins, presumably because external instrumentation increased the bird drag. Looking at our results, implantation appears more disadvantageous - at least for short-term deployment - than external equipment in Adelie Penguins, while this method has been described to induce no negative effects in long-term studies. This underlines the need to control for potential effects due to methodological aspects in any study using data loggers in free-ranging animals, to minimise disturbance and collect reliable data.

Data extracted in the frame of a joint ICSTI/PANGAEA IPY effort, see http://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.150150

Supplement to: Beaulieu, Michaël; Ropert-Coudert, Yan; Le Maho, Yvon; Ancel, André (2010): Is abdominal implantation of devices a good alternative to external attachment? A comparative study in Adélie penguins. Journal of Ornithology, 151(3), 579-586

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.807230
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-009-0491-2
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.807230
Creator Beaulieu, Michaël (ORCID: 0000-0002-9948-269X); Ropert-Coudert, Yan; Le Maho, Yvon; Ancel, André
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2010
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 40 data points
Discipline Biology; Life Sciences
Spatial Coverage (140.017 LON, -66.667 LAT); Antarctica