Eva L. Saulitis

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Killer whales were photographed in oil after the 1989 ‘Exxon Valdez’ oil spill, but preliminary damage assessments did not definitively link mortalities to the spill and could not evaluate recovery. In this study, photo-identification methods were used to monitor 2 killer whale populations 5 yr prior to and for 16 yr after the spill. One resident pod, the(More)
As apex predators, killer whales Orcinus orca are expected to strongly influence the structure of marine communities by impacting the abundance, distribution, behavior, and evolution of their prey. Empirical assessments of these impacts are difficult, however, because killer whales are sparsely distributed, highly mobile, and difficult to observe. We(More)
Killer whales, Orcinus orca (L., 1758), in the North Pacific are classified as three genetically distinct ecotypes: residents (fish-eaters), transients (mammal-eaters), and offshores (probable fish-eaters). Within the transient ecotype, three putative subpopulations have been identified by genetic analysis: West Coast transients, Gulf of Alaska transients,(More)
Killer whale research was initiated in 1995 and included population monitoring and modeling, genetic and acoustic analysis, examination of distribution and movements, and an examination of feeding habits. At the conclusion of this study, 13 years after the spill, the damaged AB pod numbered 26 whales, and had not recovered to the prespill number of 36. The(More)
The views and opinions expressed or implied in this article are those of the author (or authors) and do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA. Killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the eastern North Pacific can be genetically and acoustically separated into three nonassociating lineages: “resident,” “transient,” and(More)
Evaluation of defibrillation threshold is a standard of care during implantation of implantable cardioverter defibrillator. High defibrillation thresholds are often encountered and pose a challenge to electrophysiologists to improve the defibrillation threshold. We describe a case series where defibrillation thresholds were improved after implanting a(More)
In Prince William Sound (PWS), changes in abundance of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), one of PWS’s primary marine predator species, have until now been largely unknown. Using a historical dataset (1978–2009), we constructed the first time series of estimated humpback whale abundance in western PWS that is also one of the longest time series used(More)
Monitoring of killer whales (Orcinus orca) was continued in 1999 using photo-identification and acoustic methods. There was one calf recruited and two mortalities in AB pod. AB pod continues to show lack of recovery. While AB pod recruitment rates have averaged slightly higher than other resident pods over the last 8 years, the mortality rate has been(More)
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