Hi everyone -- two important things to announce here.
First, we are all aboard the R/V Truth (below) and our sister sailing ship with towed passive acoustics ready to go for the second leg of SOCAL-11 starting tomorrow at dawn. While it looks like it will be a little windy to start tomorrow, it should be coming down and the longer range forecast looks quite good. We will be focusing on offshore species like beaked whales and Risso's dolphins if the conditions allow, as well as mysticetes (blue and fin whales) in deeper water areas. If we get well offshore and without internet acces, it may be a few days before you hear about our progress at the start of this second phase of our project.
If you do want to keep track of us through the SEA blog as we report progress on SOCAL-11 from the field, please realize we have made some changes to the location and nature of the blog. From here on out, please find the SEA blog (and SOCAL-11 blog for the next two weeks) at: http://www.sea-inc.net/blog. If you subscribe to the SEA blog, you will need to re-subscribe within our new site, which you can do at: http://www.sea-inc.net/feed/rss.
Finally, we have re-configured the SOCAL-BRS site a little bit with a new landing page and sub-pages for both SOCAL-10 and SOCAL-11 -- please go to www.socal-brs.org. Thanks for all the interest and support from so many people on this project. I hope you like the changes and improvements we have made to the blog and website. We continue to believe that openness and transparency are absolutely essential elements of a responsible research program and we hope you enjoy and learn some things from the material we attempt to try and share in a generally understandable way.