Autonomous Real-time Marine Mammal Detections

Naval Oceanographic Office, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Great South Channel, Gulf of Maine, Spring 2016

Study objectives

A NAVO Slocum G2 glider was deployed in the Great South Channel in the southwestern Gulf of Maine to demonstrate the capabilities of the DMON/LFDCS to detect and report whale calls in near real time.

Principal Investigators: Cara Hotchkin (NAVFAC Atlantic), Sofie Van Parijs (NEFSC), Peter Corkeron (NEFSC), and Mark Baumgartner (WHOI).
Collaborators: Bryan Mensi, Scott Bruner, Jerry Townsend, Danielle Bryant (NAVO).

No manual analyses have been conducted yet

Links to detailed information for platform sl206:

Automated detection data

DMON/LFDCS diagnostics

Platform diagnostics


Please email Mark Baumgartner at For a general desciption of the detection system and the autonomous platforms, visit


The Slocum glider was expertly prepared by Scott Bruner (NAVO), Mark Baumgartner (WHOI) and Ben Hodges (WHOI), and was deployed by Ben Hodges (WHOI). Support for the deployment and operation of the glider is provided by the Department of Defense's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) and the Navy's Living Marine Resources Program. Support for the development and testing of the DMON/LFDCS was provided by the Office of Naval Research, and additional support for integration and testing was provided by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Advanced Sampling Technologies Working Group in collaboration with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Passive Acoustics Research Group (leader: Sofie Van Parijs).