|Photo: John Calambokidis|
A blue whale diving off the coast of Northern California.
During the last several years, a team of researchers headed by Terrie M. Williams, professor of biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has taken a series of virtual journeys into the ocean worlds of a bottlenose dolphin, a blue whale, an elephant seal, and three Weddell seals. Now they've surfaced with data that reveal these animals not only 'got game,' they 'got strategy.'
The researchers recently reported1 that these deep-diving marine mammals conserve energy by gliding rather than swimming to...