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 good offshore weather at least in the mornings and some of the focal species have been distributed a little further offshore. Despite a few equipment setbacks, we have managed to get a number of tags deployed and two experimental sequences conducted. So far we have managed to tag a blue whale (below) as well as several Risso’s dolphins (both taken under NMFS permit #14534-2, credit A. Friedlaender).
We are working out of LA tomorrow and then doing our mid-trip provisioning and re-fuel tomorrow to gear up for the second week. We will post some additional information and examples of some of the tag record data while inshore with a little better internet access over the next few days. Thanks again for the interest in following our work out here. Please do refer to some of the information we have on the project at <www.socal-brs.org>.