This fall has been an amazing experience! Thanks to the support of Conservation International-Costa Rica (Ana Guzman and Marco Quesada) my research team in Costa Rica (Jose D Palacios, Monica Gamboa, Kiko, and Sebastian Mena) and I are having a unique opportunity to study whale and dolphin activity within MPAs using underwater acoustic recorders. Because these MPAs are important tourism sites, we are also monitoring boat traffic and its potential impact on these animals. What is amazing about remote underwater recordings is that we can study these animals acoustic activity 24/7! Humpback whales are quite active at this time of the year, males from the southern population are singing at all hours of the day to compete and attract females. Here is a male humpback whale signing at 2 a.m.! on September 20, 2016.
Here are some cool pics of our field work!
Como una mision al espacio logramos colocar SM2M+ en la Isla del Coco y inicia la etapa de analisis por parte de la PI del Proyecto Dra. Melania Guerra. Estos datos preliminares esparamos lograr el financiamiento necesario para colocar mas unidades alrededor que nos permitan no solo estudiar la diversidad marina del lugar sino tambien en ayudar a los guardaparques para protegerla.
Like a space mission we deployed SM2M+ in Cocos Island and now the PI of the project Dr. Melania Guerra is ready to analysis these first recordings. With these preliminary analyses we hoped to secured the funds we need to deploy more units around the island. The goal of the project is to use acoustic cues to help us study ambient noise and marine biodiversity of the site, while providing a new toolkit to the park rangers in their protection efforts of the island.
Acoustic Monitoring of Cetaceans with Conservation International Costa Rica
This September 2016 we started acoustically monitoring cetaceans in two marine protected areas in Costa Rica. The goal of this collaborative effort is to learn about how cetaceans use the area and how they respond to increasing boat traffic.