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dc.contributor.authorSalgado Kent, Chandra
dc.contributor.authorGavrilov, Alexander
dc.contributor.authorRecalde-Salas, A.
dc.contributor.authorBurton, C.
dc.contributor.authorMcCauley, R.
dc.contributor.authorMarley, S.
dc.contributor.editorTerrance McMinn
dc.identifier.citationSalgado Kent, C.P. and Gavrilov, A.N. and Recalde-Salas, A. and Burton, C.L.K. and McCauley, R.D. and Marley, S. 2012. Passive acoustic monitoring of baleen whales in Geographe Bay, Western Australia, in McMinn, T. (ed), Proceedings of Acoustics, Nov 21-23 2012. Fremantle, Western Australia: Acoustical Society of Australia.

Baleen whales were monitored in Geographe Bay, Western Australia between 2008 and 2011 using passive acoustics. We aimed to monitor migratory timing through Geographe Bay, characterise whale vocalizations, and estimate detection ranges of vocalising whales in different background noise conditions. The results indicated that humpback and blue whales migrated through Geographe Bay every year, however the frequency and timing of their vocalisations varied among years. Humpback whale songs changed in composition among years, but most energy was consistently between 200-500 Hz. Blue whale calls were those of the eastern Indian Ocean pygmy blue whale with low quasi-tonal sounds with harmonics ranging from 20-100 Hz and variable down-sweep impulses with frequencies decreasing from ~100 Hz to ~20 Hz. No significant changes in calls were observed among years. Based on a range independent propagation model, the detection range for vocalising pygmy blue whales was estimated to be between 6-8 km, and for humpback whales ~20-30 km. The prevalence of high levels of noise from vessel traffic affected the detection range significantly for passive acoustic monitoring, and would have also affected the capacity for whales to communicate and perceive important cues in their environment.

dc.publisherAcoustical Society of Australia
dc.titlePassive acoustic monitoring of baleen whales in Geographe Bay, Western Australia
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleProceedings of the Acoustical Society of Australia
dcterms.source.seriesProceedings of the Acoustical Society of Australia
dcterms.source.conferenceAustralian Acoustical SocietyAcoustics 2012 Fremantle: Acoustic, Development and the Environment
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateNov 21 2012
dcterms.source.conferencelocationFremantle, Western Australia
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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