Humpback Whales and Floating Offshore Wind Farm Animation

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Title: Humpback Whales and Floating Offshore Wind Farm Animation
Publication Date:
November 19, 2018
Pages: 3:17
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Grear, M.; Copping, A.; Sanders, G.; Guiltinan, S. (2018). Humpback Whales and Floating Offshore Wind Farm Animation [Video].
Abstract: 

Commercial interest in developing floating wind energy in the deep waters of the Pacific Outer
Continental Shelf has raised questions about whales and other large cetaceans potentially encountering
the mooring lines and electrical cables from a floating offshore wind farm. The BOEM Pacific Region
asked the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to create an animated simulation of a humpback whale
mother and her calf swimming through a hypothetical floating offshore wind farm in order to visualize
the scale of the whales compared to the scale of the wind farm’s underwater components. This
simulation helps characterize the risk of whale encounters with mooring lines and electrical cables.

 

The floating wind farm shown in the video is a hypothetical but realistic depiction of what could be
installed off the U.S. west coast and Hawaii. Humpbacks were chosen as the whale species to depict
because of their presence in the Pacific Region and their large pectoral fins—appendages that could
make them more likely to encounter the mooring lines and electrical cables if they are swimming
nearby.

 

For more information, see the  accompanying report.  

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