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A non- living (physical or chemical) component of the environment

Acoustic receiver

Electronic device that records time, identification code, and date of when it receives an acoustic signal from a transmitter

Acoustic release

Used in the deployment and recovery of equipment from the sea floor. Equipment is recovered by sending an acoustic signal to the release, which burns or opens a hook or ring causing the equipment to disengage from a weight and float to the surface.

Acoustic telemetry

The process of sending and receiving information from a remote location using sound

Acoustic transmitter

Electronic device attached on or inserted into an animal which emits a sound which is picked up and recorded by an acoustic receiver

Age at Maturity

Age when an organism can reproduce. The SCATTN animal details page reports age at maturity when 100% of organisms are

able to reproduce, however some individuals mature faster than others.

Anthropogenic impact

Disturbance to the natural environment caused by humans

Area use

The amount of space an animal uses


The measurement of ocean depth


On or relating to the region at the bottom of a sea or ocean

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