Beaked whales are deep divers that we study using tags recording depth, orientation and sound. They have also been the focus of study into the possible effects of naval sonar on their behaviour and population dynamics. For more information see our pages on dive profile and sound exposure experiments
McCarthy, E., Moretti, D., Thomas, L. DiMarzio, N., Morrissey, R., Jarvis, S., Ward, J., Izzi, A. & Dilley, A. (2011) Changes in spatial and temporal distribution and vocal behaviour of Blainville's beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) during multi-ship exercises with mid-frequency sonar. Marine Mammal Science, 27, E206-E226.
Moretti, D., Marques, T.A., Thomas, L., DiMarzio, N., Dilley, A., Morrissey, R., McCarthy, E., Ward, J. & Jarvis, S. (2010) A dive counting density estimation method for Blainville's beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) using a bottom-mounted hydrophone field as applied to a Mid-Frequency Active (MFA) sonar operation. Applied Acoustics, 71(11), 1036-1042.
Moretti, D., Thomas, L., Marques, T., Harwood, J., Dilley, A., Neales, R., Shaffer, J., McCarthy, E., New, L., Jarvis, S. & Morrissey, R. (2014) A risk function for behavioural disruption of Blainville's beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) from mid-frequency active sonar. PLoS ONE, 9(1), e85064.