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Antarctic Killer Whale Track Map (2016)
The season for satellite tagging of killer whales got underway in early 2016. As of early August, we had tracked a whale that made two migrations to lower latitudes before finally losing communication with the tag (an impressive 5+ months of tracking data for this animal).
We deployed satellite tags on two killer whales, but only one tag routinely transmitted good location data.
The satellite tag on a killer whale deployed in the Antarctic Sound on February 23rd transmitted data until early August. The data show the whale's migration (2x) 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
Tracking data will automatically update daily so you can follow the whale (new tracking data are no longer being received from the tag).
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: 8/19/2016
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