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 2005

MMS Outreach

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

Cruise Plans

Final cruise plan for 2005 S-tag Cruise on R/V Gyre ( PDF )
Final cruise plan for 2005 Mesoscale Population Study ( PDF)

Planning: Synopsis and Images

April 2005 satellite snapshots with synopsis by Doug Biggs. (powerpoint)
May 2005 satellite images with features indicated. (powerpoint)
May 2005 SSH, MODIS, and SST images (features not indicated).
Week-by-week progression of SSH maps for May-June-July 2005 (Powerpoint).

Daily Email from the 2005 Cruises

S-TAG 2005 Reports

MPS 2005 Reports


Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) Cruise Report for S-tag 2005 ( PDF )
Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) Cruise Report for MPS 2005 ( PDF )
Sperm Whale Seismic Study (SWSS) Poster for Ocean Sciences 2006 Meeting in Honolulu ( PDF )

Archives (Web Pages From Previous Years)

SWSS 2002 Archives
SWSS 2003 Archives
SWSS 2004 Archives