The Sarasota Bay Listening Network (SBLN) is made up of coastal hydrophones that continuously record underwater sounds produced by animals, human activities and physical events such as the weather. This network allows us to monitor sound-producing animals, including bottlenose dolphins, manatees and some species of fish and invertebrates.
The Sarasota Coast Acoustic Network (SCAN) is made up of an array of underwater receivers that monitor signals from tags on animals that may not produce sound — such as sharks, rays, fish and invertebrates. A tag’s transmitter is recorded by a receiver when a tagged animal swims near it. At periodic intervals, the research team retrieves the receivers, downloads the data, provides maintenance, and then returns them to the seafloor.