[MARMAM] New publication: Tracking the kinematics of caudal-oscillatory swimming: a comparison of two on-animal sensing methods (Lucía Martín López)

luciamartina zagalita_1986 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 21 04:20:29 PDT 2016

Dear MARMAM colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a new publication in describe and compare in 
detail two on-animal sensing methods sensors that can track 
biomechanical swimming parameters including changes in gait during 
cetacean diving, enabling studies of swimming energetics in wild animals.

Martı́n López, L. M.,  Aguilar de Soto, N.,  Miller, P. and Johnson, M. 
(2016). Tracking the kinematics of caudal-oscillatory swimming: a 
comparison of two on-animal sensing methods. J. Exp. Biol. 219, 12103-2109.

Studies of locomotion kinematics require high-resolution information 
about body movements and the specific acceleration (SA) that these 
generate. On-animal accelerometers measure both orientation and SA but 
an additional orientation sensor is needed to accurately separate these. 
Although gyroscopes can perform this function, their power consumption, 
drift and complex data processing make them unattractive for biologging. 
Lower power magnetometers can also be used with some limitations. Here, 
we present an integrated and simplified method for estimating body 
rotations and SA applicable to both gyroscopes and magnetometers, 
enabling a direct comparison of these two sensors.We use a tag with both 
sensors to demonstrate how caudal-oscillation rate and SA are adjusted 
by a diving whale in response to rapidly changing buoyancy forces as the 
lungs compress while descending. The two sensors gave similar estimates 
of the dynamic forces, demonstrating that magnetometers may offer a 
simpler low-power alternative for miniature tags in some applications.

The article can be found at:

If you do not have access to the journal, please contact me for a PDF at:
lmml2 at st-andrews.ac.uk

Kind regards,

Lucía Martina Martín López and co-authors.

Lucía Martina Martín López,
PhD student
Sea Mammal Research Unit
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
KY16 8LB, Fife
Scotland, UK
lmml2 at st-andrews.ac.uk  

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