The Earlylife research program focuses on the first year at sea of juvenile top predators such as seabirds and sea mammals.
Learn more about the European EarlyLife research Program : earlylife-erc.com
This video is one of a series of short films showing the different strategies throughout a large latitudinal gradient.
From Antarctica to subantarctic territories, young animals leave their native island in total independence after several months of parental care. They travel in the great southern ocean searching for food, dealing with the strongest winds on earth for gliders, and with strong currents in the polar or subantarctic front for diving species. This first step of their life is certainly the most critical for their survival. With this study we aim to learn how juvenile behave at sea, how do they learn to survive, to improve their foraging capacities and what part of their behavior is possibly innate or acquired by experience.
Understanding the mechanisms underlying juvenile strategies is fundamental to understand the whole population dynamics and be able to predict their fate in a more than ever rapidly changing world.