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23 10, 2015

Tracking Marine Mammals in 3D

By | 2015-10-23T22:49:35+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Many marine mammal species are remarkably deep divers. Beaked whales, sperm whales, and elephant seals regularly dive to depths greater than 1 km, and some species, such as the Cuvier’s beaked whale, have been recorded at depths of 3 km on a single breath that lasted over two hours! […]

14 10, 2015

Right whales aren't where we think: implications for renewable energy projects on the US East coast

By | 2015-10-14T21:42:15+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Offshore wind farms are in the early stages of development off the eastern coast of the US, with two projects currently under construction: the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island and the Fisherman’s Energy Wind Farm in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The eastern seaboard is a prime location for the development of renewable energy projects, [...]

9 10, 2015

Blue whales: the biggest and pickiest eaters in the world

By | 2015-10-09T19:54:39+00:00 October 9th, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Blue whales just might be the world’s biggest and pickiest eaters! They are the largest animals on the planet yet they feed on one of the smallest. They are specialist foragers that feed exclusively on krill, small crustaceans that are found near the bottom of the marine food chain. […]

25 09, 2015

Wave gliders: game changing technology for monitoring marine mammals

By | 2015-09-25T19:14:18+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Video|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

East Carolina University’s Blackbeard wave glider has survived its first at-sea trials this week and has been successfully deployed off the North Carolina coast. The Blackbeard wave glider is manufactured by Liquid Robotics and contains a St Andrews Instrumentation Decimus® system to detect marine mammals. […]

23 09, 2015

Opportunity sites are ocean optimism sites

By | 2015-09-23T16:30:23+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Scientists have identified ‘opportunity sites’ for protecting marine mammals from ocean noise in the coastal waters of British Columbia. The team from SMRU, Oceans Initiative, Curtin University, and Cornell University has highlighted the importance of protecting habitats that experience low levels of shipping noise. […]

24 08, 2015

Elephant seals: ocean explorers of the future

By | 2015-08-24T10:26:25+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Did you know that an elephant seal holds the record for the deepest dive of any marine mammal? They are true deep divers and have been recorded at depths of OVER 2 KM – 2,388 m to be exact! […]

6 08, 2015

Researchers Link Fur Seal Dive Behaviour to Pollock Abundance

By | 2015-08-06T16:38:05+00:00 August 6th, 2015|Categories: News, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A new paper linking fur seal dive behaviour to prey abundance has recently been published in the journal Ecosphere. Northern fur seals are found in the North Pacific Ocean along the coast of North America from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska, extending west to Japan and Russia. […]

20 07, 2015

SMRU Consulting Wins Joint UK-Canada Research Competition to Advance Tidal Energy Technologies

By | 2015-07-20T17:37:10+00:00 July 20th, 2015|Categories: News, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We’re happy to announce that SMRU Consulting has just won a bid from the Offshore Energy and Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and Innovate UK to help advance tidal energy. […]

8 07, 2015

Ocean noise: how loud is too loud for bowhead whales?

By | 2015-07-08T00:11:51+00:00 July 8th, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Bowhead whales are a highly adapted species, living in the cold waters of the Arctic and subarctic oceans of the northern hemisphere. They are members of the right whale family and are the longest living marine mammals in the world – some have been found to be over 200 years old! Bowhead whales face a variety [...]

23 06, 2015

Avoiding High Frequency Vessel Noise on Porpoise

By | 2015-06-23T22:38:22+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A new paper in published in Nature has found that harbour porpoises react to low levels of high frequency vessel noise. Odontocetes (toothed whales, dolphins, and porpoises) in particular rely heavily on the propagation of underwater sound for essential life functions including communication, navigation, and foraging. OCEAN NOISE IS ON THE RISE and it’s important to [...]

22 06, 2015

WhaleReport App Released Today Amidst Sightings of Killer Whales in Burrard Inlet

By | 2015-06-22T22:33:53+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Today the Vancouver Aquarium released its new app ‘WhaleReport’ to help citizens log marine mammal and sea turtle sightings as part of the B.C. Cetacean’s Sighting Network (BCCSN). The new app has a species identification guide and uses GPS locations to allow boaters to log marine mammal sightings on the go, even while offline! […]

18 06, 2015

Fancy Stats Lead to Better Estimates of Killer Whale Habitat Use

By | 2015-06-18T00:44:55+00:00 June 18th, 2015|Categories: SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our University of St. Andrews colleagues at SMRU and CREEM are making use of some fancy stats to determine better estimates of Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) habitat use in the Pacific Northwest. Assessing and mapping the habitat use of this population is tricky business as a result of the complex topography of the area, which [...]

8 06, 2015

Fake Orca Fails at Scaring Sea Lions

By | 2015-06-08T18:53:59+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Officials in Astoria, Washington have come up with a unique approach to dealing with problem sea lions in their port. The sea lions have seemingly taken up permanent residence, causing a ruckus and irritating local fishermen. […]

29 05, 2015

New ECHO Program Tackles Threats to Cetaceans in Southern British Columbia

By | 2015-05-29T20:25:26+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Whale, dolphin, and porpoise populations in the Salish Sea face a variety of threats including acoustic disturbance, physical disruption, contaminants, and reduced prey availability. In particular, the endangered population of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) continues to struggle as a result of ocean pollution, underwater noise, and food availability. A ten-year NOAA study found that SRKWs [...]

27 05, 2015

Sounds of the Sea: How to Listen to the World's Largest Database of Marine Mammal Sounds

By | 2015-05-27T20:11:00+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Did you know that bearded seals sound like spaceships? That blue whales can communicate across ocean basins? That humpback whales sing songs? And that dolphins make sounds through their blowholes? Most terrestrial animals rely heavily on their senses of sight and smell to communicate. In water, these senses are limited because light is readily absorbed and [...]

22 05, 2015

Why scientists spend hours sifting through sea lion poop

By | 2015-05-22T06:11:15+00:00 May 22nd, 2015|Categories: News, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  You are what you eat, even if you’re a sea lion!  Did you know that sea lion poop could be used to determine diet? Seal and sea lion researchers often travel to remote locations to collect scats from haul-out areas and rookeries. The scats are labeled with an ID number and location, and then brought [...]

6 05, 2015

Herring Spawn: a Smorgasbord for Marine Mammals in the Pacific Northwest

By | 2015-05-06T17:33:51+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America, Video|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The herring spawn is one of the most spectacular natural events that occurs annually on the west coast of North America. Each year, tens of thousands of herring migrate from the open ocean to coastal areas were they spawn in remarkably large numbers. The males release ‘milt,’ which contains sperm, and the females release eggs into the [...]

4 05, 2015

The Secret Lives of Marine Mammals

By | 2015-05-04T03:53:57+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America, Stats, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

This week, SMRU Consulting North America is participating in a workshop on biomonitoring (using animals to explore isolated habitats) and biologging (tracking animals to describe their behaviour).  The workshop, ‘Building a Bio-analytical Theory for the Analysis of Marine Mammal Movements’ is being held by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and is sponsored by the [...]

23 04, 2015

SMRU Consulting in the Community

By | 2015-04-23T16:23:52+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting North America recently sponsored Coastal Connection Vancouver, a local networking event that strives to bring together professionals working on aquatic and marine ecosystems to share knowledge and to foster new collaborations.  This initiative aims to […]

22 04, 2015

PCoD Talk at All Energy- Glasgow

By | 2015-04-22T14:47:37+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Conference, PCoD, SMRUC Europe|0 Comments

Thursday,  7 May 2015, 13:30 – 15:00 Our Carol Sparling along with Zoe Crutchfield, Marine Environment Lead at Arup will be speaking at the Offshore Wind 5: Environmental, planning and development Conference Session for the All Energy Exhibition and Conference in Glasgow in the Offshore Wind Theatre […]