Marine Mammal Health Assessment Imaging Program
The laboratory has a number of programs involved with long term monitoring and documentation of marine mammals. These have included work with numerous species of marine mammals resulting in various tag developments and monitoring techniques for use in behavioral, animal husbandry, and vocalization studies. In collaboration with NOAA NMFS a number of aerial imaging systems have been developed for long-range high resolution imaging of marine mammals for use in documenting behaviors, affects of ship interaction, size girth and overall health and condition. This effort is currently focused on the collection of morphological data on the Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Pacific Northwest.