2012 04 9- Satellite-tagged whales from the Silver Bank begins migrating northwards Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   


Phillip J. Clapham, Leader, Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program, National Marine Mammal Laboratory has sent us this map of the first of three humpback whales being satellite tracked across the North Atlantic; the tag was recently deployed on Silver Bank (the major breeding ground, 50 miles N of the Dominican Republic) by Amy Kennedy.  Not sure how long this one is going to last, but here's the track for the past 7 days, showing the whale heading from Silver Bank across neighboring Mouchoir Bank, and then NE into deep water.  Dr Phil Clapham's guess is that this whale is bound for Iceland or the Barents Sea, but I doubt the tag will last long enough for us to find out.  Waiting to hear from Amy regarding what this whale was (sex, age class etc).

Hopefully we will receive the other two's positions shortly. Another three tags will be deployed in Guadaloupe.

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