The GPS/TDR tag (initially funded by JIP, MMS, and ONR) will be further developed to provide an accurate depiction of underwater dive behavior to especially examine sperm whale foraging behavior. Parts of the data will be sent as Argos messages summarizing selected aspects of whale behavior so future experiments can be monitored directly and more detailed data will be downloaded from recovered tags to evaluate complex foraging behaviors. The addition of an acoustic dosimeter remains an un-funded, but long-term goal that would help interpret TDR/3-D whale responses during future controlled-exposure experiments (CEE) or behavioral response (BRS) studies.
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