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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 prey out of the static box device filmed at 25 frames/second.

a) prey item was found by carefully looking into each recessed tube, b) mouth was positioned over the opening using eyes and whiskers, c) suction generated by widening the gape and retracting tongue and hyoid, d) jaws closed to grip prey with anterior teeth, while performing lateral water expulsion where seawater drawn into mouth during suction was expelled via sides of the mouth (arrows indicate cloud of turbid water being expelled), e-f) pull prey out of device while holding it with the anterior teeth before performing further manipulation and swallowing. Prey capture event performed by Tarwin (ARKS# 980419), 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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