Friday, August 21, 2009

Blown Out

Despite the favorable predictions, the weather front we expected tomorrow seemed to arrive a day early. We experienced winds around 15 knots for most of the day with regular whitecaps - conditions that are inconsistent with spotting beaked whales visually. We continued in survey mode focusing on areas where we might expect pilot whales; the weather would have allowed us to work with them for most of the day. While we were waiting for conditions to improve, we made measurements comparing how our different acoustic systems performed in detecting the same underwater sounds in order to further refine capabilities and procedures. We also made additional oceanographic measurements and conducted acoustic surveys in support of the habitat modeling efforts that will benefit from MED -09 data.