• 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

Sep
15

Rough Seas…

It’s been a rough few days on the sea off southern California for the SOCAL-BRS effort. We need relatively calm seas (e.g, <10-15 kt winds and <3-4 ft seas) and if you check out the offshore actual weather and forecasts for the outer waters where we hope to work with beaked whales and other pelagic […]

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Sep
13

Double Tagged Blue Whale – Close Interaction with a Large Ship

Though we had planned on working nearshore today in SOCAL-BRS with some planned refueling and transfers of people and gear, the small craft advisory from large swell and 20+ knot winds in outer water ensured it. Knowing the weather would be poor we got an early start with the objective of getting a baleen whale […]

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Sep
12

Back From Offshore

Apologies for those of you that have been following the SOCAL-BRS blog for our 2014 field efforts for the few days delay (and thanks for the emails checking in on us!). We have been well offshore working the last three days and out of cell and internet range to get updates posted. We had reasonably […]

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Sep
8

SOCAL-14 Phase II Start – Coastal Blue Whales First

Today marked the start of our second field phase of SOCAL-14. We are fortunate to have two full weeks of field effort to find, follow, tag, and study the behavior of different cetacean species in the beautiful Channel Islands off Southern California. For those of you who are not familiar with the project, it’s goals, […]

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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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