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Society for Marine Mammology Biennial Conference — Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for endangered and threatened wildlife species around the world, announces a new ultrasonic marine submersible recorder. ”Wildlife Acoustics has proven to be a market changer in wildlife monitoring,” said Ian Agranat, President and CEO of Wildlife Acoustics.
“Leveraging our experience in the ultrasonic bat world, we are excited to introduce an ultrasonic version of our SM2M marine recorder.” The Song Meter SM2M Ultrasonic autonomous submersible marine recorder provides researchers the ability to record and monitor anthropogenic and biological acoustics from 2Hz up to the ultrasonic frequency of 192kHz.
“We have now used the SM2M in two different locations to record dolphin sounds and ambient noise levels. Wildlife Acoustics supported us every step of the way with great advice,” says Kathleen M. Dudzinski, PhD, Director of the Dolphin Communication Project & Senior Marine Scientist at Geo-Marine, Inc. “The deployment was straightforward and the recordings were clear. We look forward to working with the new ultrasonic version.”
Designed for quick refurbishment ship side for immediate redeployment, the SM2M and SM2M Ultrasonic may be anchored and recovered via tether, diver or optional acoustic release for easy retrieval. Lee Shores from Marine Acoustics, Inc. comments, “The SM2M recorder works very well to record anthropogenic noise and marine mammal vocalizations.
The software is easy to configure in the field, it is simple to rig for the marine environment, runs for weeks without changing batteries, and records months of data on SD cards. I was able to recover the recorder, get the SD cards out, plug them into my laptop and complete the analysis in the field.”
Customers can also deploy for months using a recording schedule or duty cycle with negligible power consumption during “sleep” mode. Wildlife Acoustics, Inc., a privately held Massachusetts corporation, is the leading provider of bio-acoustic monitoring technology for scientists, researchers, government agencies and environmental consulting firms worldwide since 2003. Their customers monitor birds, frogs, bats, insects, fish, whales, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.