An optical telemetry device to identify which dolphin produces a sound

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1985-11
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Tyack, Peter L.
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10.1121/1.392777
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Optical equipment
Speech
Cetaceans
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A small telemetry device, called a "vocalight," was designed for attachment to a dolphin's head using a suction cup. The vocalight lights up a variable number of light-emitting diodes depending upon the loudness of sounds received at a hydrophone within the suction cup. If vocalights matched for sensitivity are put on each dolphin within a captive group, observers can identify which dolphin produces a vocalization. Use of vocalights indicates that source levels of whistles from captive bottlenosed dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, range from approximately 125 to over 140 dB re: 1 µPa at 1 m.
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Author Posting. © Acoustical Society of America, 1985. This article is posted here by permission of Acoustical Society of America for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 78 (1985): 1892-1895, doi:10.1121/1.392777.
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Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 78 (1985): 1892-1895
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