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Research Report 2 : Sleep in captive bottlenose dolphins

Walsum, T.A. van (2014) Research Report 2 : Sleep in captive bottlenose dolphins. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Sleep can be identified using electrophysiological and/or with behavioral criteria. Both methods have been proven valid throughout numerous mammalian sleep studies. If the animal exhibits all mammalian sleep criteria (provided by numerous mammal sleep research studies over the past years), then sleep is present. The behavioral sleep criteria, however, have been founded on bihemispheric sleeping mammals. Studies on Cetaceans have proven they rely on uni-hemispheric sleep instead. The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), for instance, shows constant movement throughout the night. This constant seemingly alert state is argued to be wakefulness. But what if we were to apply existing mammalian behavioral sleep criteria on their resting behavior? How well would these criteria apply to them, if at all?

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Supervisor name: xx, xx
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:58
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 07:32

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