Acoustic surveying for beaked whales in the Coral Sea as a mitigation measure for naval exercises

Douglas Cato, Mark Savage, Rebecca Dunlop, Iain Parnum, Michelle Blewitt, Susan Gibbs, David Donnelly, Jane Cleary, Robert McCauley

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    Beaked whales have been over-represented in whale strandings that have occurred at similar times and places of some naval exercises in the northern hemisphere. Although whale strandings are common, it is unusual to find beaked whales stranded in such large numbers. Consequently, the environmental management of naval exercises requires mitigation measures to avoid potential impact on beaked whales. This requires some knowledge of beaked whale distributions and behavior, but little is known about beaked whales, less than for all other whales. Beaked whales are small whales that inhabit deep water. They are particularly elusive and rarely seen at sea. Much of what little is known about them results from the few that have been washed ashore. Visual surveying has proved to be generally ineffective. Beaked whale vocalizations are, however, sufficiently distinctive to allow passive acoustic detection and classification.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Oceans 2010 IEEE Sydney conference & exhibition
    Subtitle of host publicationOceans '10, 24-27 May 2010
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9781424452224
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventOCEANS 2010 - Sydney
    Duration: 24 May 201027 May 2010


    ConferenceOCEANS 2010


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