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Blue Whale

Blue Whales (Balaenoptera musculus) Tagged

On Monday, August 19, 1996 the first satellite tagging of an Atlantic Ocean Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus), "Kits", was successfully completed, and on Tuesday, August 20, 1996 a second blue whale was satellite tagged. The two blue whales are part of a population of blue whales that has been researched in the Gulf of St. Lawrence since 1979 by the Mingan Island Cetacean Study.

This project was conducted as part of a collaborative program organized and sponsored by WhaleNet and Michael Williamson, Associate professor of Science at Wheelock College. Researchers from the Pelagic Research Lab of the New England Aquarium, Boston, the Mingan Island Cetacean Study , Longue Pointe de Mingan, Quebec, and WhaleNet at Wheelock College in Boston worked collaboratively to combine unique research with the educational WhaleNet program. This program will both further research and enhance interest in science and mathematics for students around the world by involving them in actual research.

The researchers Scott Kraus, Director, and Chris Slay, Satellite Tagging Specialist, from the Pelagic Research Lab-New England Aquarium, Richard Sears, Executive Director of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study, and Michael Williamson, Associate Professor at Wheelock College and Principal Investigator of WhaleNet worked as members of a collaborative research team to perform the first satellite tagging of the blue whales in the Atlantic Ocean. The data and information from the tagging will further research and knowledge of the natural history of the blue whale and will be used on WhaleNet for educational purposes. WhaleNet and research information can be accessed on the world wide web at http://whale.wheelock.edu.

Data, information, and charts on the tagging can be accessed continually on WhaleNet for as long as the satellite tags function and then the information will be archived for future use on WhaleNet.

WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock and Simmons Colleges in Boston and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

For further information you may contact Michael Williamson at WhaleNet/Wheelock College at williams@whale.wheelock.edu, or by phone at 617/734-5200, x256.

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