A project of Megaptera in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
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The Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary was established by the International Whaling Commission in 1979. However, relatively little is known about the migratory movements of humpback whales from their breeding grounds in the Sanctuary to their foraging grounds in Antarctica: do they use migration corridors? do they use ocean currents during their migration? do they visit other breeding grounds on their way to their foraging grounds?
To answer theses questions and gather baseline information on the ecology of this species in the Western Indian Ocean, we deployed Argos tags on adult humpback whales at one of their main breeding sites in the Sanctuary, the Comoros. This is the first step of a larger Western Indian Ocean regional project.
Project coordinated by Megatera in collaboration with the following partners:
- Greenland Institute of Natural Resources: http://www.natur.gl
- Mikkel Villum company: http://mikkelvillum.com/
- Swansea Moving Animal Research Team: http://www.swan.ac.uk/biosci/research/smart/
- Exagone: http://www.reseau-teria.com/index.aspx
- Sea Blue Safari: http://www.seabluesafari.com/