TAGLESS-BRS From-the-field UPDATE

Two Harbors, Catalina Island. We wanted to provide a quick from-the-field update on our progress on the TAGLESS-BRS project ongoing off Catalina Island in southern California. We have encountered many groups of common, bottlenose, and Risso’s dolphins, with thousands of individuals seen from land, sea, and air, such as the group of common dolphins (Delphinus […]

Fall Phase of Tagless-BRS study begins off Catalina Island

The SOCAL Tagless-BRS project is back on the water! SEA is partnering with Cascadia Research, Kelp Marine Research, and NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the talented crew of the M/V Magician (above) on an exciting technology integration collaboration conducting novel studies on the basic behavior and behavioral responses to noise in several dolphin species. Common, bottlenose, […]

New Marine Mammal Research Project – Integrating Visual and Acoustic Sensors to Study Behavior and Behavioral Response in Small Cetaceans

SEA is proud to partner with Cascadia Research Collective, NOAA/NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and Kelp Marine Research on a new marine mammal research project beginning off southern California.                                              “Integrating remote sensing methods […]

Brandon Southall’s second guest column in Times publications

The current issue of the Aptos/Capitola-Soquel/Scott’s Valley Times publications include a guest column by SEA Senior Scientist, Dr. Brandon Southall. This is a follow-on article to his 2 November 2015 article on ocean noise, focusing on some of the world-leading research being conducted by local Monterey Bay researchers. The article is on page 24 of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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