Studying the behaviour and sensory ecology of marine mammals using acoustic recording tags : a review


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dc.contributor.author Johnson, Mark P.
dc.contributor.author Aguilar De Soto, Natacha
dc.contributor.author Madsen, Peter T.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-04T14:20:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-04T14:20:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-03
dc.identifier.citation Marine Ecology Progress Series 395 (2009): 55-73 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/4540
dc.description Author Posting. © Inter-Research, 2009. This article is posted here by permission of Inter-Research for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Marine Ecology Progress Series 395 (2009): 55-73, doi:10.3354/meps08255. en_US
dc.description.abstract Many marine animals use sound passively or actively for communication, foraging, predator avoidance, navigation, and to sense their environment. The advent of acoustic recording tags has allowed biologists to get the on-animal perspective of the sonic environment and, in combination with movement sensors, to relate sounds to the activities of the tagged animal. These powerful tools have led to a wide range of insights into the behaviour of marine animals and have opened new opportunities for studying the ways they interact with their environment. Acoustic tags demand new analysis methods and careful experimental design to optimize the consistency between research objectives and the realistic performance of the tags. Technical details to consider are the suitability of the tag attachment to a given species, the accuracy of the tag sensors, and the recording and attachment duration of the tag. Here we consider the achievements, potential, and limitations of acoustic recording tags in studying the behaviour, habitat use and sensory ecology of marine mammals, the taxon to which this technology has been most often applied. We examine the application of acoustic tags to studies of vocal behaviour, foraging ecology, acoustic tracking, and the effects of noise to assess both the breadth of applications and the specific issues that arise in each. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Funding for the review came from the National Oceanographic Partnership Program. The DTAG work described here has been supported by the Mineral Management Service, Office of Naval Research, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Navy N45, Packard Foundation and others. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Inter-Research en_US
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps08255
dc.subject Acoustics en_US
dc.subject Tag en_US
dc.subject Marine mammal en_US
dc.subject Foraging en_US
dc.subject Tracking en_US
dc.subject Behaviour en_US
dc.subject Effects of noise en_US
dc.title Studying the behaviour and sensory ecology of marine mammals using acoustic recording tags : a review en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3354/meps08255

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