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 […]

SOCAL-BRS paper published in Marine Technology Society Journal

SOCAL-BRS PAPER PUBLISHED IN MARINE TECHNOLOGY

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new paper regarding new technologies and the evolution of experimental methods in the first two years of the Southern California Behavioral Response Study (SOCAL-BRS). The reference, abstract, and where to acquire the article are given below. Brandon L. Southall, David Moretti, Bruce Abraham, John Calambokidis, Stacy L. […]

NY Times feature on MA whale tagging

A recent featured article and video in the NY Times Science section focuses on some basic whale biological and behavioral studies off Cape Cod, MA. Please see: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/science/earth/close-to-cape-cod-shore-humpback-whales-are-far-from-safe.html?_r=1&ref=science Dr. Ari Friedlaender and colleagues have been working on humpback whales (primarily) in this important yet highly human-influenced area to understanding the basic behavior and ecology of […]

Ocean Conservation Research Blog on SOCAL-BRS

We would like to draw your attention to a recent blog post from our friends at Ocean Conservation Research on the SOCAL-BRS project. http://ocean-noise.com/blog/2012/08/ongoing-whale-behavioral-response-study/ Check it out and also check out some of the other good things going on at OCR. Thanks Michael!  

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 […]

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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