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 […]

END SOCAL-12 Phase I

Hi everyone and thanks again for all the interest through emails and calls about how we have fared with the first leg of SOCAL-12. Our last few days, like much of this first phase, were spent well offshore and out of touch searching for priority species. While we found some workable weather, mainly in the […]

Fin and blue whale multiple tags – and a beaked whale surprise

The last few days of SOCAL-12 have seen some excitement and interesting observations but mixed weather. The offshore weather has been deteriorating but we found some windows to get things done on a range of species. Plus today we had a little bit of luck. When the offshore winds were down, we focused our efforts […]

SOCAL-12 UPDATE – Good offshore weather and a few firsts

Thanks for all those following the SOCAL-12 blog and for all the queries about how we are doing out here. Sorry for the radio silence the past few days but we have been way offshore and taking advantage of good weather in deep waters around San Clemente, San Nicholas, and Santa Catalina. We have had some […]

SOCAL-12 Start — An Old Friend and Rissos

We are starting our third morning of SOCAL-12, just pulling away from Catalina Island. It’s cool and breezy out here with a wispy mist blowing across this dusty, steep island. The weather has been marginal to poor offshore for the kind of work we are doing and despite our aspirations to work well offshore, the […]

END SOCAL-11

  We have reached the end of SOCAL-11.  While we had some challenges with weather (a few lightning storms near the end), personnel illnesses (nothing too serious but involved some shuffling), and a very different distribution of animals than the near-amazing abundance of animals in 2010, this was all-in-all a very successful second season.  We successfully incorporated two […]

SOCAL-BRS

SOCAL-BRS is a study of basic behavior and responses to controlled sound exposures in a variety of marine mammal species.

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