Serenaders of the Seas

A cool article in the New York Times about the complexity, and the real purpose, of humpback whale song. Much of the article is based on this paper that suggests potential “cultural revolutions” in humpback whale songs (paper summary below).

Reports of humpbacks on Abaco (here and here). I actually was fortunate to take a swim with […]

By | 2019-01-13T10:24:02-05:00 January 13th, 2019|Categories: Endangered species, Marine Mammals|1 Comment

BMMRO & Beaked Whales in the News

Our friends at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) recently completed a pilot study that will help scientists measure the size of Beaked Whales. See their work featured in Coastal Angler magazine here.

By | 2017-08-16T10:35:23-05:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BMMRO & Beaked Whales in the News

Great news for the world’s marine mammals

I am always excited to report positive news (reported at length here).  Starting in the new year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will require countries exporting seafood to the United States to demonstrate that their fisheries comply with the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  The US is the world’s largest seafood importer and the MMPA is among […]

By | 2016-12-20T17:25:35-05:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Endangered species, Marine Mammals, Overfishing, Policy|1 Comment

New Blainville’s beaked whale paper

Check out a new paper from BMMRO on echolocation in mother-calf pairs of Blainville’s beaked whales. In short, this study provides novel insight into the vocal behavior of mothers when accompanied by calves and suggests that neonates dive with their mothers during foraging. See full paper here.


Full citation:

Dunn, C., Claridge, D., Durban, J., Shaffer, J., Moretti, D., […]

By | 2016-09-20T20:11:50-05:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: Marine Mammals|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New Blainville’s beaked whale paper