Many thanks to our sponsors and partners, past and present...      

U.S. Navy, Living Marine Resources Program

Office of Naval Research, Marine Mammals and Biological Oceanography Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Pinnipeds Program

Office of Naval Research, Turbulence and Stratified Wakes and Submarine Maneuvering and Control Programs

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Environmental Studies Program

OGP, E&P Joint Industry Programme on Sound and Marine Life

Northwest Arctic Borough Science Committee

Packard Ocean Sciences Endowment, Institute of Marine Sciences, UCSC

HDR, Environmental, Operations, and Construction, Inc.

Minerals Management Service

National Oceanographic Partnership Program

Special Thanks To....

Hotline Wetsuits, Santa Cruz, California. For their help with design and manufacture of experimental "attire" for our seals.

Steve Weiss, Mountain View, California. For his generous help with design and manufacture of experimental apparatuses for our sea otters.


The Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, Alaska. We are partnering with the SeaLife Center to conduct studies on the health status and basic biology of polar-living seals.

The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, California. We have worked closely with TMMC in a variety of studies of California sea lions and other marine mammals that support specific conservation and rehabilitation goals.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. Through partnership with MBA's Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program, we are working to increase understanding of sea otter sensory biology.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California. Our long-term bioacoustic study of captive walruses has provided unique insight into developmental aspects of communication and cognition in this poorly known species.

Native Village of Kotzebue, Kotzebue, Alaska. With the help and support of the Native Village of Kotzebue, we have been able to expand our hearing studies to include ice-dependent bearded seals.

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Aquarium. Collaboration with Aquarium of the Pacific enabled us to continue to study sensory biology of sea otters.

SeaWorld, San Diego, California. With the help of SeaWorld San Diego's ringed seal, Natchek, we were able to expand our study of hearing capabilities of ice-dependent Arctic pinniped species.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Working with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UVA allowed us to study the vibrotactile capabilities of pinipeds.

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