Can You See Me Now? Evaluating the Detectability of Cetaceans During Line-Transect Surveys in the Southeast U.S.
Evaluating the detectability of cetaceans during line-transect surveys in the southeast U.S.
The goal of this study was to calculate the radial distances of small dolphins and blackfish (i.e. small-finned and long-finned pilot whales, killer whales, false killer whales), Pygmy or Dwarf sperm whales and beaked whales visual detections and evaluate whether they varied by ocean basin, sea state, and scientific echosounders status.
This information was presented at the 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science conference, February 4-7, 2019 New Orleans, Louisiana.