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Gulf of Maine humpback whale satellite tagging project: 2013
Robbins J. 2016. Gulf of Maine humpback whale satellite tagging project: 2013. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.

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Satellite-monitored radio tags have yielded important information for the conservation and management of large whales. Tags provide far greater detail on large whale movements and habitat use than more traditional studies, and past tagging projects have revealed the existence of entirely unknown whale habitats. However, it is not uncommon for tags to stop transmitting within days to months of deployment, and follow-up studies on the individuals have been limited. Further work is needed to improve the scientific and conservation value of this technology. more

In this study, satellite tagging and its effects are being examined among Gulf of Maine humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). This is among the best studied humpback whale populations. Its strong fidelity to particular feeding sites, long feeding ground residency and strong overlap with observer effort that are expected to result in repeated sightings of tagged animals, and a maximized resighting potential in future years. The project will also produce new information on humpback whale movement and habitat use in relation to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

The project is being undertaken by multi-institutional team with expertise in whale behavior, ecology, anatomy, physiology, telemetry and wound healing processes. It includes collaborators from the following institutions:

  • Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)
  • Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) .
  • The Marine Mammal Center (MMC) .
  • National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML)

Research is being performed under NOAA scientific permit #14245.

Primary research funding comes from NOAA and Exxon through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This is a project of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP).

Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.

Biology > Mammals
Marine, Satellite tracking, ANW, USA, Maine Gulf, Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781)

Geographical coverage
ANW, USA, Maine Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
23 July 2013 - 13 October 2013

Taxonomic coverage
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) [WoRMS]

Habitat use, Occurrence of biota

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS), moredata creator

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OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2016-06-01
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