• 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

Dec
30

New Publication on Detection of Complex Sounds in Seals and Sea Lions

On behalf of lead author Kane Cunningham, we would like to provide some information on our recent paper on the detection of complex sounds by seals and sea lions.  The goal of this study was to test how auditory data predict detection of complex sounds in quiet and noisy conditions.  Our results indicate that pinnipeds […]

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Dec
30

New SOCAL-BRS Publication on Baird’s Beaked Whale Behavior

  We are pleased to announce a recent publication from the SOCAL-BRS project on the basic behavior and responses to simulated military sonar in a Barid’s beaked whale. These data were particularly significant in being the first high-resolution movement and acoustic measurements for any individual of this species. The photo above (Taken under NMFS permit […]

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Sep
19

END SOCAL-14 PHASE II

After a few rough weather days – hot and windy with high seas – we got a break on our last day for this phase of SOCAL-14. It was nice and calm as we worked back towards our end point near LA and we found a number of different animals feeding on some rich aggregations […]

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Sep
17

Making the most of it…

As you may have heard, the (second) hurricane off the Pacific coast earlier this week hit parts of Baja pretty badly. While we aren’t getting any direct effects of that (but thanks for the few emails we have received asking), we are picking up some of the swell from it mixing in with some local swell […]

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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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