Autonomous Real-time Marine Mammal Detections
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A DMON buoy was deployed 28 miles southeast of Virigina Beach, Virginia on July 20, 2022 to monitor the presence of baleen whales in near real time by automatically detecting and identifying their calls. The region southeast of Norfolk, Virginia is used for shipping, fishing, naval activity and wind farm development, yet the impacts of these activities on whales is poorly understood. The buoy will help to improve monitoring and conservation efforts for whales by providing scientists, managers, industry and the public with near real-time information on whale presence.
Principal Investigator: Mark Baumgartner (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Analysts: Amadi Afua Sefah-Twerefour, Abigail Kreuser, Kira Telford and Erin Meyer-Gutbrod (University of South Carolina)
Daily analyst review:
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Recent bacgkground noise:
Links to detailed information:
Automated detection data
What types of sounds are we monitoring? Find examples of the sounds right, fin, sei and humpback whales make here.
Please email Mark Baumgartner at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a general desciption of the detection system and the autonomous platforms, visit dcs.whoi.edu.
The DMON buoy was prepared and deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Mooring Operations and Engineering (MOE) Group - special thanks to Jeff Pietro (lead technician), Kris Newhall, Jim Dunn, Don Peters, and John Kemp. Critical engineering support was provided by Jim Partan, Keenan Ball, Dennis Giaya and Tom Hurst (WHOI). Support for the deployment and operation of the buoy was provided by CMA CGM.