[MARMAM] New paper on North Pacific right whales (Dana Wright - NOAA Affiliate)

Dana Wright dana.louise.wright at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 09:01:59 PDT 2018

Dear colleagues,

My co-authors and I are pleased to announce the recent publication of the
following Note in Marine Mammal Science: Acoustic detection of the North
Pacific right whale in the northern Bering Sea

Wright DL, Berchok CL, Crance JL, Clapham PJ (2018) Acoustic detection of
the North Pacific right whale in the northern Bering Sea. Mar Mamm Sci

This Note describes the acoustic detection of the critically endangered
(n~30) North Pacific right whale (NPRW; *Eubalaena japonica*) at one
recording station in the northern Bering Sea (61.59°N, 171.33°W) from
September 2009 to September 2016. A total of 139 upcalls and 15,575 gunshot
calls were heard between 27 July and 24 September 2016, with the majority
of calling in September. It is unclear at this time why NPRW only recently
and briefly were detected in the passive acoustic recordings in the
northern Bering Sea. Nevertheless, the degree to which the presence of NPRW
in this region is linked to changing climatic conditions needs to be
explored given the present paucity of individuals in this population and
the relatively rapid rate of climate change in the Arctic.

Please contact me for a copy of the publication at dana.wright at noaa.gov.

Best wishes,


Research Scientist

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean

The Marine Mammal Laboratory


7600 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 4

Seattle, WA 98115

206-526-4023 | dana.wright at noaa.gov
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