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First satellite-tracked long-distance movement of a Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) in the North Atlantic
Olsen, E.; Budgell, P.; Head, E.; Kleivane, L.; Nøttestad, L.; Prieto, R.; Silva, M.A.; Skov, H.; Víkingsson, G.A.; Waring, G.; Øien, N. (2009). First satellite-tracked long-distance movement of a Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) in the North Atlantic . Aquat. Mamm. 35(3): 313-318. hdl.handle.net/10.1578/AM.35.3.2009.313
In: Aquatic Mammals. European Association for Aquatic Mammals: Harderwijk. ISSN 0167-5427, more
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Keywords
    Balaenoptera borealis Lesson, 1828 [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    sei whale, Balaenoptera borealis, satellite tracking, multidisciplinary, migration, currents, Regional Oceanic Modelling System, ROMS

Authors  Top | Dataset 
  • Olsen, E.
  • Budgell, P.
  • Head, E.
  • Kleivane, L.
  • Nøttestad, L.
  • Prieto, R.
  • Silva, M.A.
  • Skov, H.
  • Víkingsson, G.A.
  • Waring, G.
  • Øien, N.

Abstract
    Long-distance migration for most species of baleen whales is poorly understood because of the practical difficulties and substantial expense involved in gathering relevant data. Presently, sat¬ellite tracking is the only method that delivers the necessary detail and quantitative data on move¬ment patterns on far-ranging marine mammals. In this study, ARGOS satellite tags were deployed on North Atlantic sei whales (Balaenoptera borea¬lis) at the Azores Islands. Data from one whale showed a cumulative 4,102-km movement from tagging at Faial Island in the Azores on 12 April 2005 via the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ) to the Labrador Sea where transmissions stopped on 7 June 2005. For a portion of the distance from CGFZ to the Labrador Sea, the whale moved in the prevailing direction of the surface current pat¬tern. Erratic movement in five areas along the movement track indicates feeding behaviour, par¬ticularly in the CGFZ. The results show the large-scale movement potential of North Atlantic sei whales from wintering grounds to highly produc¬tive potential feeding areas in the Labrador Sea.

Dataset
  • Long-Distance Movement of a Sei Whale in the North Atlantic, 2005, more

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