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Marine Species Monitoring

SOCAL-12 Phase II Underway

Posted on October 17, 2012

SOCAL-12 update provided by the SEA Blog

For everyone following the SOCAL-BRS from-the-field blog over the past few seasons, welcome back! We just got going on our field project again for the second phase of our field efforts this year and have some new things to report. The weather hasn’t been ideal at the start here although we have had a few workable windows. Additionally, we aim to have a variety of options to work with different priority species given that weather is sometimes difficult offshore, but the very warm and clear surface water off southern California right now is resulting in very few plankton-feeding baleen whales in coastal areas and limiting our options to some degree. But despite these challenges for the first few days we have made some interesting observations and had some successes. MORE