The Earlylife research program focuses on the first year at sea of juvenile top predators such as seabirds and sea mammals.
This video is one of a series of short films showing the different strategies throughout a large latitudinal gradient. Learn more about the EarlyLife research Program : earlylife-erc.com
We compare in the same place the foraging strategy of 2 closely related species: the Abbott’s booby, endemic of Christmas Island and the brown booby. The at sea ecology of adults are totally different since the Abbott’s booby migrate further hundreds kilometers from their breeding colony while the brown booby remain resident. The aim of the study is to understand how the juveniles behave during their first movements at sea.