Monitoring options for marine mammals & turtles
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There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing the best technology and equipment to monitor marine mammals and turtles. To ensure that you’re making the best choice for your study, we recommend that you speak with a Lotek representative.
Option 1: We'll call you.
Start by using our Project Profile form
to send us the details of your study. Once you complete the form and click the Send button, a Lotek representative will contact you shortly to discuss your project and recommend the best system, based on the details that you've provided to us.
Option 2: You call us.
Start by reviewing the product descriptions on this web site, and then call us to confirm your choices and place your order. To better prepare you for that conversation, here is a brief overview of some of the main factors that will influence your choice:
Is your study a short-term near-shore (e.g., foraging-type) study, or a long-term migration study?
If short-term near-shore: You could use either a TDR archival tag, which needs to be retrieved from the animal at the end of the study period, or you could use a coded acoustic transmitter.
If long-term migration: If it's a long-term migration study, the next step is to determine which type of migration-tracking technology would be best to use:
Will your migrating species spend a significant amount of time at the surface (i.e., above water)?
If yes: If your animal will spend enough time at the surface to transmit location estimates, then our satellite/GPS systems may be the best solution.
If no: The best solution for tracking long-range migrations below the surface is a geolocation archival tag.
If you’d like a Lotek representative to help you choose the best system for your study, you can either use this Project Profile form to send us the details of your study, or simply contact us by email or telephone. We look forward to hearing from you.