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Measuring hearing in wild Beluga whales
Mooney, T.A.; Castellote, M.; Quakenbush, L.; Hobbs, R.; Goertz, C.; Gaglione, E. (2016). Measuring hearing in wild Beluga whales, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 729-735. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_88
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598, more
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Keywords
    Marine mammals; Cetacea [WoRMS]; Odontocete Flower, 1865 [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Anthropogenic noise; Sensory; Cetacean; Arctic

Authors  Top 
  • Mooney, T.A.
  • Castellote, M.
  • Quakenbush, L.
  • Hobbs, R.
  • Goertz, C.
  • Gaglione, E.

Abstract
    We measured the hearing abilities of seven wild beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) during a collection-and-release experiment in Bristol Bay, AK. Here we summarize the methods and initial data from one animal and discuss the implications of this experiment. Audiograms were collected from 4 to 150 kHz. The animal with the lowest threshold heard best at 80 kHz and demonstrated overall good hearing from 22 to 110 kHz. The robustness of the methodology and data suggest that the auditory evoked potential audiograms can be incorporated into future collection-and-release health assessments. Such methods may provide high-quality results for multiple animals, facilitating population-level audiograms and hearing measures in new species.

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