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Antarctic Killer Whale Track Map (2016)
The new season for satellite tagging of killer whales got underway in early 2016. As of July 7, we are still tracking a whale that has made two migrations to lower latitudes.
We deployed satellite tags on two killer whales, but only one tag appears to be routinely transmitting good location data so far.
The satellite tag on a killer whale deployed in the Antarctic Sound on February 23rd is still transmitting and the data show the whale's migration toward lower latitudes and then a return to higher latitudes. These rapid migrations to subtropical waters have been described by Durban and Pitman, 2012. Antarctic killer whales make rapid, round-trip movements to subtropical waters: evidence for physiological maintenance migrations?
8:274-277; DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0875 (see more discussion of this topic and a link to the manuscript on this
The tracking data will automatically update daily so you can follow the whale.
There is roughly a 24-hour lag on the display of current whale position data.
Note: This app has been tested with modern browsers (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer 11) and appears to perform well.
The app does not display properly when using Internet Explorer 11 with Compatibility View.
Last modified: 7/7/2016
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