B. Southall to give Smithsonian webinar on SOCAL-BRS project

Webcast:  Marine Mammals and Military Sonar. Brandon Southall, SEA Inc. and University of California Santa Cruz, will be presenting “Marine Mammal Responses to Simulated Military Sonar: Southern California Behavioral Response Study” on Tuesday, March 12 at noon (4 pm GMT) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The talk will be webcast and can […]

NPR story on ongoing elephant seal research

SEA’s own Caroline Casey was recently featured on NPR’s Morning Edition for her fantastic work on elephant seal acoustic behavior as part of her graduate work at UC Santa Cruz. The story is online and has some neat examples of elephant seal calls – please check it out at: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/14/171993009/with-brawls-and-calls-love-is-in-the-air-for-elephant-seals If you have any follow-up […]

New paper on integrated approaches to studying baleen whales – Ari Friedlaender on BioScience cover!

A new paper was recently published in BioScience, involving a number of SEA partners and BRS collaborators. Integrative Approaches to the Study of Baleen Whale Diving Behavior, Feeding Performance, and Foraging Ecology Jeremy A. Goldbogen, Ari S. Friedlaender, John Calambokidis, Megan F. McKenna, Malene Simon and Douglas P. Nowacek BioScience Vol. 63, No. 2 (February 2013), […]

Dr. Ari Friedlaender’s Smithsonian Blog on Blue Whale Feeding

We are proud to note that our very own Ari Friedlaender wrote a great blog for the Smithsonian’s Ocean Hall on our recent paper lead by Jeremy Goldbogen on feeding mechanics in blue whales <see: http://sea-inc.net/2012/12/06/new-paper-on-blue-whale-feeding-behavior/>. The text is below and you can find it online at <http://ocean.si.edu/blog/acrobatic-blue-whales-do-twist-while-feeding> ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have a vivid childhood memory […]

New Paper on Blue Whale Feeding Behavior

    We are proud to announce the publication of a new paper on blue whale feeding behavior that features tagging data collected within the Southern California Behavioral Response Study (SOCAL-BRS) project. The paper is entitled “Underwater acrobatics by the world’s largest predator: 360° rolling manoeuvres by lunge-feeding blue whales“ Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen, a post-doctoral […]

Blown out to end SOCAL-12…

Well our marginal weather conditions ended and Mother Nature rendered the last few days of our SOCAL-BRS project this year ones of just trying to get back safely. We did and while we broke some things fortunately they were just things. We had to duck into Santa Barbara Island and hide in the minuscule wind […]

Angels of Avalon…

To be honest, today was a bit frustrating for us on SOCAL-BRS. High winds and rough seas early and much of the day searching for an acoustic buoy without finding it meant we used the break forced upon us by Mother Nature to do a final reprovisioning and refueling in the port of Avalon on […]

Misty offshore fin whales

Yesterday, like today, was grey and misty with occassional rain offshore here in SOCAL. With the rain and stronger winds further offshore in the afternoon we again couldn’t get all the way out to the deep-water areas we wanted to. However, we did manage to work out of Catalina to the west and by mid-morning […]

SOCAL BRS – Traveling blue whales and breezy seas

We’ve had some less than ideal weather the past few days out at sea for SOCAL-BRS but we have still managed to get some work done. We’ve worked offshore as much as possible but with Santa Ana winds several days ago shifting the prevailing winds around and complicating some of our typical sheltered areas we […]

BEGIN SOCAL-12 PHASE II – An old friend (again) and some new species

For everyone following the SOCAL-BRS from-the-field blog over the past few seasons, welcome back! We just got going on our field project again for the second phase of our field efforts this year and have some new things to report. The weather hasn’t been ideal at the start here although we have had a few […]

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