The very successful sixth season of the Tracking Whales Project ended
Photo: Matias Arenas
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Latest update. Click on each whale to the right to see the individual trackline.
GOLFO SAN MATÍAS
Update March 13, 2023
As we approach mid-March, we continue tracking whales with active transmitters. In the last week the whales remained close to their previous positions on the continental shelf, except for Zircon, the solitary adult that continues in the Scotia Sea.
Granate, a solitary juvenile continues off the central coast of Chubut.
Malaquita, a mother with calf, is near Granate, having moved slightly south from the latitude of Peninsula Valdes.
Turmalina, another mother with calf, remains north of Golfo San Matías.
Amazonita, a solitary adult, has resumed active transmissions and is near the Ría of Gallegos, off the southern shore of Santa Cruz. This is the location where Agata was at the time we lost her signals at the end of January.
GOLFO SAN MATÍAS:
No whales with active transmitters remain in this group.
Important information about satellite tracking
Animal welfare: New generation satellite tags used by the project may have minimal and short-term effects on the behavior and health of the animals. This research strives to use the safest technology to track whales.
Positions recorded: Positions have a margin of error of 200 to 2000 meters (which is the reason some tracks that are close to shore seem to be on dry land).
Duration: The devices stop sending data when they become detached, which can occur weeks or months after their deployment, or when their batteries run out, depending on various factors, but mainly on the type of tag used.