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1Relating to the open sea.‘the kittiwakes return from their pelagic winter wanderings’
- ‘Mirrored and colored surfaces are common adaptations for crypsis in pelagic habitats.’
- ‘The pelagic environment is further divided based on water depth.’
- ‘Aquatic ecologists have many models for size distributions of pelagic communities.’
- ‘Most deep-sea trenches in the Pacific are floored by normal basaltic oceanic crust overlain by pelagic sediments and ash.’
- ‘Here we report the results of an unusually early springtime study of pelagic microbial activity in the coastal Alaskan Arctic.’
- 1.1 (chiefly of fish) inhabiting the upper layers of the open sea.Often contrasted with demersal
marine, ocean, oceanicView synonyms
- ‘The hors d' oeuvres consist of the small pelagic fish that swim in the natural eddy created by the country's jutting landmass.’
- ‘The silvery sheen displayed by many pelagic fishes is an example of structural color.’
- ‘Among coastal river otters in this region, sociality could be explained by the benefits obtained from cooperative foraging on high-quality schooling pelagic fishes.’
- ‘Adult beluga sturgeon are mainly piscivores, swimming at middle depths and preying mostly on pelagic fish species.’
- ‘Under such conditions, we predict that more social otters would have diets higher in better quality pelagic fishes, compared with otters that exhibit low levels of sociality.’
- ‘These sites provide the most exciting diving, with shoaling barracuda and other pelagic fish, but sadly they tend to be few and far between.’
- ‘Their diet includes squid, skates, ratfish, rockfish, and octopus, as well as pelagic fishes such as mackerel and sardines.’
- ‘The young pelagic fishes look different enough from their adult form that they were classified at one time as a separate subfamily.’
- ‘And sharks that range across the open ocean, known as oceanic or pelagic sharks, have been an even bigger mystery.’
- ‘On calm days, dive trips go to the windward side of the island to search for large schools of pelagic fish: bronze whaler sharks, hammerheads, mantas and sometimes oceanic white tips.’
- ‘Of the fishes, several pelagic species were found in many of the habitats sampled.’
- ‘The pelagic fish community is dominated by whitefish.’
- ‘Advances will soon lead to using these listening stations for fish as pelagic receivers where physiological data sets can be archived and downloaded as the fish swim by.’
- ‘Farmed salmon eat two to five pounds of protein for every pound of weight gained - protein that comes from small pelagic fish like anchovies, mackerel, herring, and sardines.’
- ‘He wanted to target lucrative species that lived near the surface, the pelagic fish, such as sardinella, mackerel and horse mackerel.’
- ‘They hunt small schooling fish, squid and octopus, and are an important predator of large pelagic fish including tuna and swordfish.’
- ‘While blue whales may occasionally feed on pelagic crabs and small fishes, their diet is almost exclusively euphausiid shrimps commonly called krill.’
- ‘Each year, every migration of every pelagic fish depends on where the plankton is and this is purely down to drift and current.’
- ‘However, aside from anecdotal reports of color changes in various pelagic fish, particularly billfish, little else is known.’
- ‘Eleven companies each with a 15-year term will catch large pelagic fish.’
Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek pelagikos, from pelagios ‘of the sea’ (from pelagos ‘level surface of the sea’).
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