An animal-borne active acoustic tag for minimally invasive behavioral response studies on marine mammals

TitleAn animal-borne active acoustic tag for minimally invasive behavioral response studies on marine mammals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsFregosi, Selene, Klinck Holger, Horning Markus, Costa Daniel P., Mann David, Sexton Kenneth, Hückstädt Luis A., Mellinger David K., and Southall Brandon L.
JournalAnimal Biotelemetry
Volume4
Pagination1-15
Type of Articlejournal article
ISBN Number2050-3385
EndNote Rec Number12083
Abstract

There is a variety of evidence that increased anthropogenic noise (e.g., shipping, explosions, sonar) has a measureable effect on marine mammal species. Observed impacts range in severity from brief interruptions of basic life functions to physiological changes, acute injury, and even death. New research tools are needed to better measure and understand the potential effects of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals. Current behavioral response studies typically utilize ship-based sound sources to study potential acute behavioral responses in tagged animals experimentally exposed to noise. Integrating the sound source within animal-mounted passive acoustic and motion-sensing tags provides a novel tool for conducting additional highly controlled response studies.