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Australian Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) Use Raptorial Biting and Suction Feeding When Targeting Prey in Different Foraging Scenarios

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Suction used to draw a prey item into the oral cavity filmed at 50 frames/second.

a) prey item held loosely between the lips, b) prey item sucked into the oral cavity as the jaws opened to maximum gape, the arrow indicates the direction of prey movement towards the mouth, c) mouth closes and water is expelled via the lateral sides of the mouth, although this is difficult to see in cloudy water. Prey capture event performed by Bay (ARKS# A70598), a female Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus). Time displayed as hours:minutes:seconds:frames. For the footage see Video S1.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0112521.g003