Prof Patrick Miller from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, will give a very interesting overview talk about the work that he and his lab have conducted on northern bottlenose whales:
The nortern bottlenose whales of Jan Mayen
Abstract: The northern bottlenose whale is a deep-diving north Atlantic beaked whale with an uncertain conservation status following extensive whaling. Studies in the western Atlantic indicate year-round populations, but little systematic research has been conducted to date in the eastern Atlantic. Our project made a suite of observations during research trials conducted 2013-2016 on bottlenose whales off the island of Jan Mayen. Hundreds of sightings of groups typically with 2-5 individuals were recorded in all four years, focused in and around deep canyons near Jan Mayen and deep-waters between Jan Mayen and Iceland. In this talk, I will describe observations of their behaviour and movement patterns, and how they responded to simulated sonar signals experimentally transmitted to them from different distances.
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