Heterogeneity of Amazon River dolphin high- frequency clicks: Current Odontoceti bioacoustics terminology in need of standardization. Acoustical Society of America DOI: 10.1121/2.0000028.

Project Details

Date : 2014
Volunteer Name : Marie Trone, Hervé Glotin, Randall Balestriero, David E. Bonnett, Jerry Blakefield.
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Abstract: The quality and quantity of acoustical data available to researchers are rapidly increasing with advances in technology. Recording cetaceans with a 500 kHz sampling rate provides a more complete signal representation than traditional sampling at 96 kHz and lower. Such sampling provides a profusion of data concerning various parameters, such as click duration, inter-click intervals, frequency, amplitude and phase. However, there is disagreement in the literature in the use and definitions of these acoustic terms and parameters. In this study, Amazon River dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) were recorded using a 500 kHz sampling rate in the Peruvian Amazon River watershed. Subsequent spectral analyses, including time waveforms, fast Fourier transforms and wavelet scalograms, demonstrate acoustic signals with differing characteristics. These high- frequency, broadband signals are compared, and differences are highlighted, despite the fact that currently an unambiguous way to describe these acoustic signals is lacking. The need for standards in cetacean bioacoustics with regard to terminology is emphasized.