tracking cuvier’s beaked whales in the pelagos sanctuary

The following is a excerpt from a short article i wrote for the Tethys Research Institute Blog.

(c) Tethys Research Institute/Nino Pierantonio

During the past summer, for the first time since Tethys carries out research in the Pelagos Sanctuary, a pod of six Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) were eavesdropped and acoustically tracked for almost three hours. In the Mediterranean Sea Cuvier’s beaked whales were often tracked using sophisticated acoustic tags and recorders, but only twice with horizontal surface towed arrays, by two different research teams. Despite several sightings occurring during the past years, this species was never tracked down by Tethys with a horizontal surface towed array – until this summer.

Read the full story here.


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