• TAGLESS-BRS From-the-field UPDATE

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    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 […]

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  • Fall Phase of Tagless-BRS study begins off Catalina Island

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    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, […]

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  • NEW PUBLICATION – New insights into prey aggregation in ocean scattering layers

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    SEA’s Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall was proud to co-author a recent paper providing new insights into the aggregation of marine organisms into ocean scattering layers – a basic principle of life in the ocean. This paper was lead by our colleague Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird of MBARI and Oregon State University. The citation and abstract […]

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  • NEW PUBLICATION – Shipping Noise and Marine Mammals

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    SEA’s Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall recently authored a chapter within the Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering (Wiley). This publication traces a decade-long collaboration among several governmental, non-governmental, academic, and industry partners to begin to tackle the global issue of shipping noise in the ocean and it’s potential effects on marine mammals. Beginning with simply […]

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

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    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 […]

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News & Press

Oct
23

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 […]

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Aug
27

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 […]

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Aug
22

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 […]

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Aug
17

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 […]

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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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