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Grey seals are returning after years of Absence to our coasts. Photo-ID of grey seals is used to Monitor this process, to evaluate site fidelity of the animals and to establish a baseline for conservation purposes.

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AMPOD developed applications and analysis methods for the deployment of T-PODs in environmental impact studies for wind farms: Comparability and development of standard methods.

The duration of the project was from 2006 to 2009 with participation of German, British and Danish institute.

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Dr. Ursula Verfuß use a hydrophone array to determine the distance of the animals from detection position (poto: Dr. Harald Benke).

SAMBAH means Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise. This project was about the static acoustic monitoring of the echolocation signals of harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea. The duration of the project was from 2010 to 2015 with participation of all EU countries which bordering the Baltic Sea and contribute to the protection of the Baltic Sea harbour porpoise population.

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Distribution map of the acoustic detection of harbour porpoises. Huge dots indicate a high detection of harbour porpoises (fig.:

COSAMM means the Comparison Of Static Acoustic Monitoring Methods for harbour porpoise and other odontocete species. In cooperation with SAMBAH was different methods developed to get comparable data with different measuring devices. Therefor it was for example necessary to examine the detection range of the devices.

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Comparative measurement of different echolocation data logger at sea (photo: Dr. Harald Benke).

About the migratory behaviour of the harbour porpoise is already known a lot but just a little about the calf areas and the exactly nourishment. A combination of analyses of stomach contents and study of chemical tracer, for instance isotope ratio between carbon and nitrogen, are necessary in order to study the ecology of marine mammals.

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In the beginning of February 2014, two new projects were started at the German Oceanographic Museum, which are sponsored by Research Foundation of Baltic Sea (Forschungsstiftung Ostsee). The project “A living fossil - The return of sturgeons” is led by Dr. Timo Moritz and attends to a globally endangered fish species. Sturgeons are at risk of extinction acutely. Since 1920 they are rated as died out in the German Baltic Sea.

Especially human influence, for example overfishing, habitat change and environmental pollution are liable for this problem. A circulating exhibition about the return of sturgeons was developed which was shown first at the German Oceanographic Museum. By reference to prepared animals and with exciting stories it will give an in-depth look in the world of this osteichthyes, which are known for the most people for their tasty roe, the caviar.

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