Common Minke Whale

Balaenoptera acutorostrata


Cole Levenson
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waterbody:North Atlantic OceanGrand Turk Island; U.S. Naval Facility
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NOTES: Notes on tape: "1145 Zulu 27Mar1974" [MLNS notes: Low level thumps throughout, with several louder thump trains interspersed. Announcement gives incorrect date] Notes from analysis log: " Cassette number side up - rewind. Ambient noise level low. Hear "foghorn'-like signal. Humpback: Pos.; No. Calling: 1? No. Full Calls: N.A.; Need for further analysis: No. Notes: At 112 have humpback sounds, distant. Minke: Pos.; No. Heard: 4-5; No. Trains: 20. Need for further analysis: No. Notes: Have thump trains - 020, 087, 194, 267, 293, 358, 372, 389, 438, 516, 536, 586, 634, 638, 654, 658, 697, 744, 753, 797. Thump trains are at various audio levels." [Notes from analysis log for all tapes in the GRANDTURKS series: "Six half-hour background recording samples on selected days for a period of 53 days... to detect the arrival and departure of the Humpback whales (via sounds) for the season in the Caribbean Sea, Mouchier, Navidad and Silver Banks...There are indications that recordings used a 420Hz Low Pass Filter. Recording equipment used was a Realistic model CTR-19. Cassette recorder operating on 110VAC, Freq 60-10,000Ha.. The Realistic recorder is poor recording frequencies below 60Hz as evidenced by spec sheet and sonograms. There is 120 & 180Hz electrical interference 'splatter' on some tapes. In certain cases when the ambient is low, the gain of the systems are raised hence we have heavy interference masking wanted signals. This could be caused by a fluorescent light fixture near the recording system? I doubt that it is in the hydrophone pre-amp network." See analysis log for more details.] SEAOCEAN. Other Behaviors: Thumps.

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