SEA Presentations at 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

Researchers from Southall Environmental Associates were involved in many presentations of cutting-edge marine mammal science at the recent 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in San Francisco. It was an outstanding meeting, culminating with a reception at City Hall (see below) to commemorate the return of the biennial meetings to the city […]

Brandon Southall Publishes “Science at Sea” Featured Column (Times Publishing)

SEA President and Senior Scientist was recently invited to publish a featured column in the Science at Sea series in the Aptos, Capitola/Soquel, and Scotts Valley Times newspapers. His piece is available in the current version of these publications and is available online: http://www.tpgonlinedaily.com/noisy-ocean-getting-noisier/ http://www.tpgonlinedaily.com/capitola-soquel-times-november-2015/ The text of the first several paragraphs of the article […]

SOCAL-BRS Publication – NEW INSIGHTS INTO BLUE WHALE FEEDING BEHAVIOR

We wanted to pass along a recent manuscript on optimal foraging in blue whales as a function of oxygen use and prey density. Hazen, E., Friedlaender, A., & Goldbogen, J. A. 2015. Blue whales change their foraging strategies relative to prey density. Scientific Advances, e1500469 The abstract is below and the full text is open […]

End SOCAL-15 Phase II

Well we have come to the end of our field effort for the SOCAL-BRS summer 2015 effort. We have had some good accomplishments, including tagging 9 animals of three of our four focal species (fin and blue whales plus Risso’s dolphin – we did not manage to tag a beaked whale this time). We were […]

Warm Waters and Offshore Whales

SOCAL-BRS is progressing well in some ways, despite the extremely limited distribution of large baleen whales in some of our typical coastal areas. As you may have read, the strong El Nino conditions that are setting up off California have resulted in some very warm water temperatures. As a result, we are seeing a lot […]

Good start with fin whales

SOCAL-BRS is now operational for our second field phase of 2015. We are working with several research vessels including the Truth out of Santa Barbara and have been searching the coastal and offshore waters for our focal species. These include endangered blue and fin whales as well as beaked whales and Risso’s dolphins. Again, you […]

SOCAL-BRS in the Field – Follow us!

On behalf of all the collaborators and partnering organizations that are a part of the amazing field research effort known as the Southern California Behavioral Response Study (SOCAL-BRS), I would like to make folks who follow our blog aware that we have just started another phase of field work in this continuing project. You can […]

New SOCAL-BRS publication on fin whale vocalizations

    The SOCAL-BRS team is proud to announce the publication of an important new paper on the calling behavior of endangered fin whales (like the one below, tagged with one of the sensors described in┬áthe paper – credit J. Calambokidis under NMFS permit #14534). Dr. Alison Stimpert of Moss Landing Marine Laboratory led the […]

SOCAL-15 PUBLIC SUMMARY AVAILABLE

The new SOCAL-15 page on www.socal-brs.org is now available at: <http://sea-inc.net/socal-brs/socal-15/>. On this page you will find a public summary of our research plans for 2015 <http://sea-inc.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SOCAL15-summary.pdf>. We expect to have our primary research efforts in August and October-November this year and we will provide a blog announcement of the beginning of the from-the-field blog […]

SOCAL-14 REPORT AVAILABLE

On behalf of the research team collaborating on the SOCAL-BRS project to study the behavior of marine mammals in southern California and their responses to human sounds including military sonar, I am pleased to report the completion of our 2014 annual research report. This includes some work that ran later in the season this year […]

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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