Quantitative Measures of Anthropogenic Noise on Harbor Porpoises: Testing the Reliability of Acoustic Tag Recordings

Danuta Maria Wisniewska, Jonas Teilmann, Line Hermannsen, Lee A. Miller, Ursula Siebert, Peter T Madsen

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In recent years, several sound and movement recording tags have been
developed to sample the acoustic fi eld experienced by cetaceans and their reactions to it. However, little is known about how tag placement and an animal’s orientation in the sound fi eld affect the reliability of on-animal recordings as proxies for actual exposure. Here, we quantify sound exposure levels recorded with a DTAG-3 tag on a captive harbor porpoise exposed to vessel noise in a controlled acoustic environment. Results show that fl ow noise is limiting onboard noise recordings, whereas no evidence of body shading has been found for frequencies of 2–20 kHz.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
EditorsArthur N. Popper, Anthony Hawkins
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4939-2980-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4939-2981-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology

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