• NEW PAPER: Context-dependent feeding strategies in blue whales

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    We are proud to announce the publication of a new and exciting paper on context-dependent behavioral strategies in feeding blue whales, lead by SEA’s own Dr. Ari Friedlaender and co-authored by Dr. Brandon Southall. The article is entitled: Friedlaender, A. S., Herbert-Read, J., Hazen, E. L., Cade, D. E., Calambokidis, J., Southall, B. L., Stimpert, […]

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  • Senior Scientist B. Southall presents results from first-ever experiments with high-power military sonar and whales

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    At the ongoing 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, SEA Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall presented results from the first-ever experimental study of the potential effects of high-power military sonar. This study involved measurements of behavioral responses of several marine mammal species exposed in controlled conditions to navy […]

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  • 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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News & Press

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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Aug
17

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 […]

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Aug
17

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 the paper – credit J. Calambokidis under NMFS permit #14534). Dr. Alison Stimpert of Moss Landing Marine Laboratory led the […]

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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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