The Sea Mammal Research Unit carries out fundamental, cutting-edge research on marine mammals in many different subject areas. This research is carried out worldwide with a core objective of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in populations. With ever increasing pressure on the world's oceans and it resources, marine mammals are consequently often impacted by man's marine activities. One of our main aims is to therefore determine the nature, magnitude and significance of these expanding interactions.

For more information please visit the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit home page.

Recent Submissions

  • Delphinid echolocation click detection probability on near-seafloor sensors 

    Frasier, Kaitlin E.; Wiggins, Sean M.; Harris, Danielle; Marques, Tiago A.; Thomas, Len; Hildebrand, John A. (2016-09) - Journal article
    The probability of detecting echolocating delphinids on a near-seafloor sensor was estimated using two Monte Carlo simulation methods. One method estimated the probability of detecting a single click (cue counting); the ...
  • The Deepwater Horizon oil spill marine mammal injury assessment 

    Takeshita, Ryan; Sullivan, Laurie; Smith, Cynthia; Collier, Tracy; Hall, Ailsa; Brosnan, Tom; Rowles, Teri; Schwacke, Lori (2017-01-31) - Journal item
    From 2010 to 2015, a team of scientists studied how the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill affected marine mammals inhabiting the northern Gulf of Mexico, as part of the DWH Natural Resource Damage Assessment process. ...
  • Overcoming the challenges of studying conservation physiology in large whales : a review of available methods 

    Hunt, Kathleen E.; Moore, Michael J.; Rolland, Rosalind M.; Kellar, Nicholas M.; Hall, Ailsa J.; Kershaw, Joanna; Raverty, Stephen A.; Davis, Cristina E.; Yeates, Laura C.; Fauquier, Deborah A.; Rowles, Teresa K.; Kraus, Scott D. (2013-05-15) - Journal article
    Large whales are subjected to a variety of conservation pressures that could be better monitored and managed if physiological information could be gathered readily from free-swimming whales. However, traditional approaches ...
  • From the track to the ocean : using flow control to improve marine bio-logging tags for cetaceans 

    Fiore, Giovani; Anderson, Erik; Garborg, C. Spencer; Murray, Mark; Johnson, Mark; Moore, Michael J.; Howle, Laurens; Shorter, K. Alex (2017-02-14) - Journal article
    Bio-logging tags are an important tool for the study of cetaceans, but superficial tags inevitably increase hydrodynamic loading. Substantial forces can be generated by tags on fast-swimming animals, potentially affecting ...
  • Icelandic herring-eating killer whales feed at night 

    Gaëtan, Richard; Filatova, Olga Alexandrovna; Samarra, Filipa Isabel Pereira; Fedutin, Ivan D.; Lammers, Marc; Miller, Patrick (2017-02) - Journal article
    Herring-eating killer whales debilitate herring with underwater tail slaps and likely herd herring into tighter schools using a feeding-specific low-frequency pulsed call (‘herding’ call). Feeding on herring may be dependent ...

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