The JIP has researched and developed a range of research tools that are used to help understand the behaviour of marine mammals in their environment, this includes, but is not limited to: tags, GPS locators, and recorders. Our techniques keep evolving and we are currently examining using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to track large marine mammals. These techniques have not just helped the JIP in its studies, but also advanced general scientific knowledge of marine animals.
Areas of Interest
Animal tagging technology development – Workshop
Industry cannot get adequate data on behavioural and physiological responses to sound because of limits in the instruments now available. Tag attachment problems prevent the study of some species, and reduce instrument deployment times in others.
Animal tagging technology development – Testing of developed GPS/time-depth tags on sperm whales in the Sea of Cortez
Animal-borne instruments used in a previous study on the effects of airguns on whale behaviour (the 2002-2008, $9M, Sperm Whale Seismic Study in the Gulf of Mexico) could not measure both diving behaviour and exact location.
Unmanned Aerial Survey (UAS) review
A literature review, internet searches, and communications with personnel working with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) were used to identify the capabilities of UAS throughout the world.