Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a highly productive regionand home to many different species of marinemammals. The Scripps Whale Acoustics Lab is collaborating with NOAA and other organizations to survey and assess the consequences of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
Our research in the Gulf of Mexico concerns the long-term acoustic monitoring of marine mammals, including sperm whales, bryde’s whales, and other dolphin species.
The primary objectives of this project are:
- Evaluate the incidence of marine mammal exposure to oil and potential injuries
The combination of these passive acoustic tools will provide quantitative measures of species-specific occurrence in an approximately 450 mile by 15 mile region over an extended period of time, where the region sampled includes the high impact areanear the incident site and areas several hundreds of miles distant. Additionally one of the goals of the program’s integrated data analyses is to look for indications that spatio-temporal changes in species-specific detection rates, are correlated with spatio-temporal changes in oil distribution.
People involved in this project include:
|Credit: Melissa Soldevilla|