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New interactive data map for passive acoustic monitoring

Posted on July 2, 2021

NOAA Fisheries just announced a new interactive data mapping tool for passive acoustic monitoring in the western North Atlantic.  The map includes sounds made by sei, fin, blue, humpback and North Atlantic right whales from 2004 to the present. More recent additions to the dataset include beaked whales, sperm whales, and dwarf and pygmy sperm whales (Kogia species) detected from 2013 to the present. Current recording locations range from the waters of the western North Atlantic, off Greenland, to the Caribbean Sea. The U.S. Navy's monitoring program is one of 33 colaborators contributing data and has also funded ongoing analyses resulting in multiple peer-reviewed publications.

Check out the Passive Acoustic Cetacean Map (PACM), and the news story just released by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center communications team.