Marine Mammal Bioacustics Using Towed Array Systems in the Western South Atlantic Ocean

  • Artur AndrioloEmail author
  • Franciele Rezende de Castro
  • Thiago Amorim
  • Gustavo Miranda
  • Juliana Di Tullio
  • Juliana Moron
  • Bruna Ribeiro
  • Gabriela Ramos
  • Raíssa Rodrigues Mendes
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 22)


Acoustic technologies have been applied in order to investigate and monitor underwater sound and have promoted achievements on the understanding of animal biology, behavior and ecology. Whales and dolphins produce sounds, which are unique, compared to other sounds in the marine environment. Passive acoustic surveys using a towed hydrophone array have become more accessible and widely used to explore patterns of occurrence, identifying critical habitats for several species of cetaceans and inferring about potential noise impacts over the populations. In this chapter we present characterization of acoustic signals produced by nine different cetacean species obtained form acoustic surveys. The species have species-specific qualities in their whistles and clicks. Acoustic methods can also offer population size estimates and identification of population structure.



We thank the crew of FURG’s R/V “Atlântico Sul” for helping in all onboard activities. This study was funded by BG Group and Chevron Brasil Upstream Frade LTDA. We are grateful with the support of the Auset Company developing, building and providing assistance of the acoustical equipments. We also thanks Dr. Eduardo R. Secchi, Dr. Luciano Dalla Rosa, Dr. Alexandre Zerbini and all field team members. Scholarships and grants were supported by CNPq and CAPES.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Artur Andriolo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Franciele Rezende de Castro
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Thiago Amorim
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Gustavo Miranda
    • 4
  • Juliana Di Tullio
    • 5
  • Juliana Moron
    • 1
    • 4
  • Bruna Ribeiro
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Gabriela Ramos
    • 1
  • Raíssa Rodrigues Mendes
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratório de Ecologia Comportamental e Bioacústica, Departamento de ZoologiaInstituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós Graduação em EcologiaUniversidade Federal de Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil
  3. 3.Programa de Pós Graduação em Ciências Biológicas, Comportamento e Biologia AnimalUniversidade Federal de Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto Aqualie, Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil
  5. 5.Instituto de Oceanografia, Universidade Federal de Rio Grande, FURGRio GrandeBrazil

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