Navigation Links
Scientists use marine robots to detect endangered whales
Date:1/9/2013

Two robots equipped with instruments designed to "listen" for the calls of baleen whales detected nine endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine last month. The robots reported the detections to shore-based researchers within hours of hearing the whales (i.e., in real time), demonstrating a new and powerful tool for managing interactions between whales and human activities.

The team of researchers, led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists Mark Baumgartner and Dave Fratantoni, reported their sightings to NOAA, the federal agency responsible for enforcing the Marine Mammal Protection Act. NOAA Fisheries Service, in turn, put in place on Dec. 5 a "dynamic management area," asking mariners to voluntarily slow their vessel speed to avoid striking the animals.

The project employed ocean-going robots called gliders equipped with a digital acoustic monitoring (DMON) instrument and specialized software allowing the vehicle to detect and classify calls from four species of baleen whales sei, fin, humpback, and right whales. The gliders's real-time communication capabilities alerted scientists to the presence of whales in the research area, in the first successful use of technology to report detections of several species of baleen whales from autonomous vehicles.

The oceanographic research project was underway from Nov. 12 through Dec. 5, operating in an area called the Outer Fall, about sixty miles south of Bar Harbor, Me., and 90 miles northeast of Portsmouth, NH. Right whales are thought to use this area every year between November and January as a mating ground.

Two gliders were deployed by Ben Hodges and Nick Woods, also of WHOI, on Nov. 12 from the University of New Hampshire's 50-ft research vessel, the Gulf Challenger. The vehicles surveyed the area for two weeks, sending data to the researchers every two hours via satellite, prior to the scientific team's arrival Nov. 28 on the Univer
'/>"/>

Contact: Press Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Genome scientists launch Microbiome journal
2. Scientists mimic fireflies to make brighter LEDs
3. Scientists pinpoint molecular signals that make some women prone to miscarriage
4. Scientists discover that for Australia the long-beaked echidna may not be a thing of the past
5. Scientists join forces to bring plant movement to light
6. News for conservationists: Scientists challenge ideas about natural habitats and species diversity
7. Scientists sequence genome of pathogen responsible for pneumocystis pneumonia
8. Better approach to treating deadly melanoma identified by scientists
9. RIT scientists decode 3 bacterial strains common to grapevines and sugarcane
10. Chinese scientists discover evidence of giant pandas population history and local adaptation
11. Scientists develop novel method to study parasite numbers in wild seabirds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Scientists use marine robots to detect endangered whales
(Date:7/24/2014)... out of York University shows a surprisingly effective way ... fungus: moose saliva (yes moose saliva). , Published ... inhibits a grassendophyte mutualism" shows that moose and reindeer ... a fungus called epichlo festucae that produces the toxin ... , "Plants have evolved defense mechanisms to protect themselves, ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... have similar counterparts in humans, affect the connections between ... into the hippocampus, an area of the brain that ... creation of memories. The results of the study have ... Brain function depends on the active communication between nerve ... woven together into a dense network where they constantly ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... funded by the New Jersey Recovery Fund and conducted ... Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University has found ... about the likelihood of community-based rebuilding solutions. Of the ... they were "pessimistic" or "very pessimistic" that the parts ... rebuilt better than they were before the storm; another ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Moose drool inhibits growth of toxic fungus: York U research 2A protein couple controls flow of information into the brain's memory center 2A protein couple controls flow of information into the brain's memory center 3A protein couple controls flow of information into the brain's memory center 4Rutgers study explores attitudes, preferences toward post-Sandy rebuilding 2
... molecular and protein signatures that predict rapid onset of ... transplant. The markers appeared soon after transplant and ... Such early detection of susceptibility to hepatitis C virus-induced ... treatment options after a transplant. Also, because the ...
... charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt,s Nile ... a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the ... the pyramid-building time. "Humans have a long history ... Bernhardt, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Along ...
... NC Leukemia and lymphoma patients who receive life-saving ... side effects that significantly decrease quality of life, can ... In chronic Graft vs. Host Disease ... and the recipient,s body often cause these immune cells ...
Cached Biology News:Molecular and protein markers discovered for liver transplant failure from hepatitis C 2Molecular and protein markers discovered for liver transplant failure from hepatitis C 3Molecular and protein markers discovered for liver transplant failure from hepatitis C 4Climate and drought lessons from ancient Egypt 2B cell survival holds key to chronic graft vs. host disease 2
(Date:7/24/2014)... 1000 balances – 4 steps – One Recommendation: the ... expertly narrows down the mass of product choices to ... , First, select the working environment, then enter ... and define the accuracy – it’s really that simple. ... list to models that fit best with the customer’s ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... NJ (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 As ... manage numerous projects in the MENA region during 2014 ... have a preferred provider agreement with DZS to manage ... MENA region,” said Global VP of R&D and President ... has developed excellent operational practices with a focus on ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... in saving China,s endangered national treasure, the giant panda. ... reserves that have been established and three large breeding ... in the wild. , Breeding programs in conservation ... improving genetic diversity, avoid inbreeding and ultimately, introduce pandas ... programs doing so far? , In a new study ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... 2014 Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has ... analysis system developed jointly with Ajinomoto Co. Inc. ... analyze 38 amino acids in nine minutes, drastically ... high-speed analysis utilizing a fast application-specific column and ... analytical results even under conditions with difficult samples ...
Breaking Biology Technology:SBI Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. Enters into Preferred Provider Agreement with DZS Clinical Services 2Shimadzu's New UF-Amino Station Provides High-Speed, Multi-Component Analysis of Amino Acids in Food & Beverage and Pharmaceutical Testing 2
... United States Department of Energy will invest up to ... Centers, including $125 million for a center led by the ... cellulosic ethanol. , ,The Madison bioenergy research facility , ... Center, will operate in collaboration with Michigan State University ...
... In the age of digital everything, print still captures the ... of everything Internet. , ,There's no clearer example than ... when the company was no more than a brief ... on a windy afternoon and Eileen unwound a vision for ...
... Adelante, Atras!* (For a translation, scroll to the end). The ... buyers alike modifying their steps as the Internet changes everything. ... us have adopted at least some of these changes (both ... information, communicate, interact with each other, or buy and sell ...
Cached Biology Technology:UW-Madison to receive $125M for bioenergy research center 2UW-Madison to receive $125M for bioenergy research center 3Blurb shows that print still captures imaginations 2Blurb shows that print still captures imaginations 3Online retailing "tango" is adding some steps 2Online retailing "tango" is adding some steps 3Online retailing "tango" is adding some steps 4Online retailing "tango" is adding some steps 5Online retailing "tango" is adding some steps 6
... neurons in vesicles called synaptosomes. ... bouton. Synaptosomes may be centrifuged ... cellular debris. Abnormalites in neurotransmitter release ... condtions. Conditions of release may ...
... Detection Systems allow non-radioactive detection of ... systems, biotinylated lysine residues are incorporated ... the need for labeling with [35-S]methionine ... biotinylated lysine is added to the ...
... Series Hybridization chambers with forced convection ... ambient up to 99.9 C / 212 F ... and reproducible results DS controller Timer ... with an accuracy of a tenth of a ...
... microarray data using Asuragens bioinformatics expertise. We ... to extensive data analysis using the most ... in combination with the Gene Expression Profiling ... ,Normalization and basic statistical analysis including publication ...
Biology Products: