Endangered Species
Ecological Services
Episode
47

Southern California Behavioral Response Study

Partners: U.S. Navy Living Marine Resources and Office of Naval Research Programs

Blue whale. Credit: A. Friedlaender (click to view more images)
Blue whale.
Photo credit: A. Friedlaender

Overview

The Southern California Behavioral Response Study is an interdisciplinary, multi-team, multi-year collaboration designed to increase understanding of marine mammal reactions to sound and provide a scientific basis for estimating the effect of Navy mid-frequency active sonar on marine mammal behavior. During fieldwork the overall goals are to tag animals and obtain data on the behavior of the animals before, during and after being exposed to Navy mid-frequency active sonar. The images were collected as part of the U.S. Navy Living Marine Resources Program funded project led by Brandon Southall (Southall Environmental Associates, Inc.) and John Calambokidis (Cascadia Research Collective), that builds off of previous Office of Naval Research funded efforts.

Last updated: October 8, 2015