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Tagging and tracking humpback whale migration

 

Copyright Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute; Photographer: Craig Hayslip; This photo was obtained under NMFS permit #14856

A humpback whale fluke in Frederick Sound, seen from the researcher's tagging boat.

Earlier this month a team of Oregon State University researchers visited Southeast to tag humpback whales and track their winter migration. The four person team is part of a Marine Mammal Institute (MMI) study that began tagging the endangered species last November.

The goal of the two year study is to answer questions like how wide their travel range really is, where they congregate, how long they stay in specific places, and when they depart after staying in a specific place or area.

These may seem like basic questions, but a lot of the time, researchers have no answers to them, says Lad...



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