Accession Number : AD1010888

Title :   Assessing Stress Responses in Beaked and Sperm Whales in the Bahamas

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Jun 2011,31 Mar 2016

Corporate Author : New England Aquarium Boston United States

Personal Author(s) : Rolland, Rosalind M ; Hunt,Kathleen E ; Burgess,Elizabeth A ; Graham,Katharine M ; Kraus,Scott D ; Claridge,Diane D ; Dunn,Charlotte A

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Report Date : 23 May 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The long-term goal of this project was to develop fecal hormone assays to assess stress responses in Blainville's beaked whales (mesoplodon densirostris) and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) inhabiting the northern Bahamas. These deep-diving species were chosen to investigate a particularly acoustically-sensitive cetacean (beaked whales) and a co-occurring species (sperm whales) for comparison. The physiologic data generated by this project will provide baseline levels of stress and metabolic hormones in free-swimming beaked and sperm whales for comparison with conspecifics experiencing known acoustic disturbances (including mid-frequency active sonar), such as at the nearby U.S. Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC).

Descriptors :   Stress (Physiology) , whales , hormones , assaying , sampling , Bahama Islands , response (biology) , thyroid hormones

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE