Two sperm whales fluke up to begin a feeding dive near the Texas A&M University research vessel GYRE during a 2002 cruise. Photo by Jonathan Gordon for the Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS), under NMFS permit #821-1558. SWSS is funded by the US Minerals Management Service.

The Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) is sponsored by the U.S. Minerals Management Service and involves researchers from Texas A&M University, Oregon State University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Texas A&M University-Galveston, University of Durham, and Ecologic with support and cooperation from the Industry Research Funders Coalition (International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) and oil and gas companies), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research. The program will study sperm whales and their response to seismic exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.


SWSS 2004


SWSS Year 3 Fieldwork in Summer 2004
25-May thru 18-June 2004 S-tag Cruise on R/V Gyre
17 June to 12 August 2004 Mesoscale Population Study from 46-ft Sailboat SUMMER BREEZE

Contact information for persons onboard the R/V Gyre.
Cruise participants may find this information useful to prepare for life aboard the R/V Gyre.

MMS Outreach

Gulf of Mexico - Home to Whales and Dolphins ( PDF)

Cruise Plans

The final cruise plan for 2004 S-tag Cruise on R/V Gyre (MS doc, PDF)
The final cruise plan for 2004 Mesoscale Population Study on Hunter 46 SUMMER BREEZE (MS doc, PDF)

Planning Images

Whole Gulf of Mexico SSH Images.
Northern Gulf of Mexico SSH Images.
SSH and SST Northern Gulf of Mexico Images.
Synopsis of the Circulation Patterns 04-April-2004 (D.Biggs PDF file)

Daily Email from Sea

Read the R/V Gyre daily cruise reports.
The S-Tag 2004 Science Party Pose for a photograph.
Read the Summer Breeze daily cruise reports.

Reports

The final version (December 2003) of the SWSS Year 1 Annual Report is available here as a single 13.8MB pdf file.
The final version (September 2004) of the SWSS Year 2 Annual Report is available here as a single 18.9MB pdf file.
The final version (5-July-2004) of the SWSS S-tag 2004 Cruise is available here as a single 5.5MB pdf file.
The final version (1-Sept-2004) of the SWSS MPS 2004 Cruise is available here as a single 3.3MB pdf file.

Archives (Web Pages From Previous Years)

SWSS 2002 Archives
SWSS 2003 Archives
SWSS 2004 Archives