Friday, August 12, 2022 – The sixth season of the #TrackingWhales Project ended having recorded highly important information, some unique and unprecedented—in the history of the Southern Right Whale. The travels of these 18 whales to their feeding areas were tracked by satellite during the past months to locate key environments in the life cycle of this species in the South Atlantic, and to gather relevant information for their conservation.
This project is carried out due to the combined efforts of the Laboratorio de Mamíferos Marinos del CESIMAR-CONICET, CIMA-CONICET, ESCiMar de la Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Fundación Patagonia Natural, Instituto Aqualie, Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas (ICB), Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Programa de Monitoreo Sanitario Ballena Franca Austral, University of California, Davis – Wildlife Health Center, and Wildlife Conservation Society Argentina (WCS).
As a result of the teamwork of members of these institutions since 2014, the migratory routes of 65 individuals have been recorded, and in the spring of 2022 we plan to add about 20 more. During the sixth season of the project 18 whales were tagged in the reproductive area of Peninsula Valdés, Chubut, Argentina. The routes traveled by these whales, and their individual stories, during these last two seasons can be followed on the website www.siguiendoballenas.org. Below, we share the most important events registered during this last season.
AMALTHEA AND THE TRANSMISSION RECORD
Amalthea’s satellite device broke the record of transmissions: 302 days from when she was tagged in the reproductive area of Valdés in September 2021. The technological advances incorporated in the satellite transmitters in the last seasons made it possible to increase the average transmission period to around 259 days each for the 6 long duration transmitters deployed, which is another new record for this project.