A DMON buoy was deployed 22 miles east of Ocean City, Maryland on July 20, 2022 to monitor the presence of baleen whales in near real time by automatically detecting and identifying their calls. The buoy will help to improve monitoring and conservation efforts for whales by providing industry, scientists, managers, and the public with near real-time information on whale presence.
Principal Investigators: Helen Bailey (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science) and Mark Baumgartner (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Analyst: Kirsten Silva, Jamie Testa and Helen Bailey
The DMON buoy was prepared and deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Mooring Operations and Engineering (MOE) Group - special thanks to Jeff Pietro (lead technician), Kris Newhall, Don Peters, and John Kemp. Critical engineering support was provided by Jim Partan, Keenan Ball, Dennis Giaya, Kayleah Griffen, Leo-Paul Pelletier and Tom Hurst (WHOI). Support for the deployment and operation of the buoy was provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources through the Maryland Energy Administration's Offshore Wind Development Fund and by US Wind Inc.