Project Overview: Our research attempts to quantify both individual, species and population patterns of intrinsic and extrinsic stressors through time (i.e. by age and year) using whale earplugs and baleen. Stressors and their response (stress/behavior) can be quantified over time to determine potential interactions. Our goal is to establish the contribution of stressors to the overall stress profile of this sentinel species.
A Brief Introduction – Whale Earplugs