Atlantic Odontocete Movements

Movements and habitat use of odontocetes off the mid-Atlantic states

We are conducting a collaborative project with researchers from Duke University to examine movements and diving behavior of a number of species of odontocetes along the east coast of the U.S., using LIMPET satellite tags. The primary study area is off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with additional field effort off Jacksonville, Florida. The two primary study species are Cuvier’s beaked whales and short-finned pilot whales, but we are also obtaining movement information from bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Clymene dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and sperm whales.


A Clymene dolphin off North Carolina in 2016. Photo by Danielle Waples, Duke University. We obtained a 20-day track of one Clymene dolphin in 2016, the first satellite tagging of this species in the mid-Atlantic.

Cascadia biologists involved in this effort are Daniel Webster and Robin Baird. For more information on this work contact Robin Baird at rwbaird (at) cascadiaresearch.org

This work is funded by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic as part of the Navy’s marine species monitoring program

Reports

  • Forney, K. A., Southall, B. L., Slooten, E., Dawson, S., Read, A. J., Baird,  R. W., Brownell, R. L. Jr. 2017. Nowhere to go: noise impact assessments for marine mammal populations with high site fidelity. Endangered Species Research doi: 10.3354/esr00820 Download PDF copy
     
  • Baird, R.W., D.L. Webster, Z.T. Swaim, H.J. Foley, D.B. Anderson, and A.J. Read. 2017. Spatial Use by Odontocetes Satellite Tagged off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in 2016. Prepared for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Submitted to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, under Contract No. N62470-15-D-8006, Task Order 28, issued to HDR Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia. Download PDF copy
     
  • Baird, R.W., D.L. Webster, Z. Swaim, H.J. Foley, D.B. Anderson, and A.J. Read. 2016. Spatial Use by Odontocetes Satellite Tagged off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in 2015. Final report. Prepared for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Submitted to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, under Contract No. N62470-10-3011, Task Order 57 and N62470-15- 8006, Task Order 07, issued to HDR Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia. 29 July 2016. Available here
     
  • Baird, R.W., D.L. Webster, Z. Swaim, H.J. Foley, D.B. Anderson and A.J. Read. 2015. Spatial Use by Cuvier’s Beaked Whales, Short-finned Pilot Whales, Common Bottlenose Dolphins, and Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Satellite Tagged off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in 2014. Prepared for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Submitted to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, under Contract No. N6247010-D-3011, Task Orders 14 and 21, issued to HDR Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia 17 July 2015. Available here

Updates

There are no updates for this project.