MMTD Research Surveys


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MMTD conducts surveys to study marine mammals and marine turtles within their ecosystems. The geographic focus of this work at SWFSC MMTD is on the Pacific Ocean (in particular, the Eastern Tropical Pacific, the Pacific Islands, and the California Current). These research surveys are conducted from various platforms, including ships, aircraft, and shore-based stations.

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Ship-Based Surveys

Granite Canyon

Shore-Based Surveys

NOAA Aerial Survey Airplane

Aerial Surveys