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 study, which provides key baseline information on the calling and kinematic movement behavior of these amazing animals. The reference for this paper and the DOI number is given below – you can freely obtain this paper through Open Access.


Stimpert et al. Animal Biotelemetry (2015) 3:23

DOI 10.1186/s40317-015-0058-3

Sound production and associated behavior of tagged fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Southern California Bight

Alison K Stimpert1*, Stacy L DeRuiter2,3, Erin A Falcone4, John Joseph5, Annie B Douglas4, David J Moretti6, Ari S Friedlaender7,8, John Calambokidis4, Glenn Gailey4, Peter L Tyack9 and Jeremy A Goldbogen10

1 Vertebrate Ecology Laboratory, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA, USA.

2 Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, The Observatory, Buchanan Gardens, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LZ, Scotland, UK.

3 Mathematics and Statistics Department, Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA.

4 Cascadia Research Collective, 218 1/2 W.Fourth Ave., Olympia, WA 98501, USA.

5 Ocean Acoustics Laboratory, Department of Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA.

6 Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI, USA.

7 Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Marine Mammal Institute, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport, OR 97365, USA.

8 Southall Environmental Associates, Aptos, CA 95003, USA.

9 Sea Mammal Research Unit, Scottish Oceans Institute, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, East Sands, St Andrews KY16 8LB, Scotland, UK.

10 Department of Biology, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, 120 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA.