Blue Whale Flukes

Blue Whale
(Balaenoptera musculus)

WhaleNet

Satellite Tagging Observation Data

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Blue Whale - 158985
Platform ID No. Loc. date Longitude Latitude Loc. quality
158985 10/15/17 19:03:26 -68.7317 48.7861 0
158985 10/15/17 22:10:12 -68.60341 48.85321 0
158985 10/16/17 0:09:41 -68.61081 48.86462 1
158985 10/16/17 0:09:54 -68.61471 48.85674 1
158985 10/19/17 0:14:25 -68.52897 48.91105 1
158985 10/19/17 0:14:25 -68.52897 48.91105 1
158985 10/25/17 18:49:50 -66.54218 49.43379 2
158985 10/25/17 18:49:50 -66.54218 49.43379 2
158985 10/25/17 18:49:50 -66.54218 49.43379 2
158985 10/27/17 15:13:18 -62.64649 48.82267 0
158985 10/27/17 15:13:18 -62.64649 48.82267 0
158985 10/27/17 15:13:18 -62.64649 48.82267 0
158985 10/27/17 15:13:18 -62.64649 48.82267 0
158985 10/28/17 22:55:20 -57.68169 49.16395 B
158985 10/28/17 23:04:35 -57.68169 49.16395 B
158985 10/29/17 23:32:49 -58.99189 47.17317 B
158985 10/30/17 0:16:24 -58.94595 47.11422 B
158985 10/30/17 23:57:31 -57.24496 46.66834 A
158985 10/31/17 0:02:05 -57.24496 46.66834 A
158985 11/1/17 1:16:27 -55.73224 45.54568 B
158985 11/1/17 23:18:20 -54.96849 44.58084 B
158985 11/2/17 0:57:36 -54.5291 44.74697 B
158985 11/3/17 0:33:15 -52.66608 44.46484 B
158985 11/3/17 22:33:47 -51.86591 43.86915 B
158985 11/4/17 21:34:19 -50.53454 43.54683 B
158985 11/5/17 6:53:38 -49.8182 43.69112 A
158985 11/6/17 7:13:59 -48.78353 43.10518 B
Tracking Maps - "158985"

Mingan Island Cetacean Study

Blue Whale - 158984
This location data is in the dd mm ss format.
Platform ID No. Loc. date Longitude Latitude Loc. quality
158984 10/12/17 16:14:57 -68.96277 48.55676 2
158984 10/13/17 23:03:17 -68.82597 48.58908 2
158984 10/13/17 23:32:15 -68.8537 48.59688 1
158984 10/14/17 16:20:18 -69.12161 48.63926 0
158984 10/14/17 16:20:18 -69.12161 48.63926 0
158984 10/15/17 16:02:39 -68.91247 48.49632 0
158984 10/15/17 16:02:39 -68.91247 48.49632 0
158984 10/19/17 16:18:30 -69.50735 48.21351 0
158984 10/19/17 18:24:06 -69.49792 48.17335 0
158984 10/20/17 15:13:39 -69.35723 48.26882 3
158984 10/20/17 21:32:38 -69.28674 48.30119 0
158984 10/21/17 21:24:09 -69.40472 48.2424 1
158984 10/22/17 15:14:10 -69.15536 48.10476 0
158984 10/22/17 22:09:31 -69.35862 48.23714 1
158984 10/22/17 22:09:31 -69.35862 48.23714 1
158984 10/23/17 23:24:31 -69.63415 48.21922 0
158984 10/23/17 23:24:31 -69.63415 48.21922 0
158984 10/24/17 18:56:00 -69.24105 48.20035 0
158984 10/24/17 18:56:00 -69.24105 48.20035 0
158984 10/26/17 20:16:50 -68.87729 48.72727 0
158984 10/26/17 20:16:50 -68.87729 48.72727 0

Tracking Maps - "158984"

Mingan Island Cetacean Study

Blue Whale - 158389
This location data is in the dd mm ss format.
Platform ID No. Loc. date Longitude Latitude Loc. quality
158389 10/12/17 21:48:47 -69.06781 48.54143 1
158389 10/12/17 23:58:48 -69.01111 48.46052 1
158389 10/13/17 21:26:06 -68.93272 48.56523 0
158389 10/13/17 22:34:08 -68.96333 48.53824 2
158389 10/13/17 23:30:36 -68.93106 48.55087 3
158389 10/14/17 20:54:07 -68.87113 48.52338 0
158389 10/14/17 22:39:00 -68.78478 48.53307 3
158389 10/14/17 23:00:53 -68.78427 48.55179 3
158389 10/15/17 20:45:36 -68.88881 48.46632 0
158389 10/15/17 22:13:41 -68.93047 48.54503 1
158389 10/15/17 23:52:28 -68.87415 48.57674 0
158389 10/16/17 0:06:27 -68.86526 48.58376 1
158389 10/16/17 21:49:29 -68.87031 48.61471 2
158389 10/16/17 23:48:23 -68.83257 48.62416 2
158389 10/17/17 20:22:37 -68.90894 48.60614 3
158389 10/17/17 23:28:36 -68.81598 48.62183 2
158389 10/18/17 20:08:17 -68.93207 48.60451 1
158389 10/18/17 22:38:05 -68.87623 48.6129 3
158389 10/18/17 23:13:42 -68.84204 48.6097 1
158389 10/19/17 20:01:13 -68.88368 48.57684 0
158389 10/19/17 22:02:02 -68.85618 48.58492 1
158389 10/19/17 23:47:44 -68.841 48.53608 0
158389 10/20/17 0:41:54 -68.91413 48.55222 1
158389 10/20/17 22:47:44 -68.88194 48.53966 1
158389 10/21/17 0:04:23 -68.85665 48.51177 1
158389 10/21/17 23:48:00 -68.93625 48.52978 1
158389 10/22/17 20:53:25 -69.08285 48.57862 0
158389 10/22/17 22:11:12 -68.86493 48.63237 2
158389 10/22/17 22:37:21 -68.91178 48.64246 3
158389 10/23/17 0:09:56 -68.85982 48.6664 1
158389 10/23/17 23:18:07 -68.7719 48.69782 1
158389 10/24/17 0:58:08 -68.62619 48.74153 1
158389 10/24/17 23:46:21 -68.67513 48.78472 2
158389 10/24/17 23:46:21 -68.67513 48.78472 2
158389 10/25/17 21:54:10 -67.65033 49.05212 0
158389 10/25/17 22:16:08 -67.64217 49.10452 2
158389 10/25/17 23:36:09 -67.58129 49.1512 1
158389 10/26/17 0:00:31 -67.57184 49.15783 1
158389 10/26/17 0:00:31 -67.57184 49.15783 1
158389 10/26/17 0:56:34 -67.48916 49.19537 0
158389 10/26/17 0:56:34 -67.48916 49.19537 0
158389 10/26/17 0:56:34 -67.48916 49.19537 0
158389 10/26/17 0:56:34 -67.48916 49.19537 0
158389 10/26/17 23:37:21 -65.88718 49.54207 1
158389 10/27/17 20:38:35 -65.69142 49.55737 0
158389 10/27/17 21:27:09 -65.49995 49.45585 2
158389 10/27/17 22:53:07 -65.37131 49.46468 1

Tracking Maps - "158389"

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Argos Class

Satellite Fixes

Data Format
Date (dd.mm.yy): 22.08.96 23:06:55 Time (hr:min:sec)(in GMT), LC (fix quality) ====>

LC just stands for Location Class. Location Classes of 0 and up are the best (derived from 4 or more messages)- a Class 0 is good to within between 1,000 and 5,000 meters. Classes 1,2,3- get consistently more accurate. The letter classes are given no estimate of error, but the A's are better than the B's etc. It appears that some of the letter class locations are pretty good (i.e. several fixes over a short period are quite similar), but then others vary wildly- especially the longitude.

> Lat1: [latitude] Lon1: [longitude]


Questions:

1. What is the normal habitat for a blue whale?
2. What precautions must be made in working with satellite positions?
3. How far does the blue whale travel in a day? Is it the same everyday?
4. What is its "range of movemennt" in a day? a week? a month?
5. Does the animal frequent a particular location more than others?

You can use these Anaylsis Tools:

  • to make maps and to plot coastal movements of satellite tagged marine mammals using latitude and longitude,
  • to track your course using a GPS with your powerbook on a whale watch boat, and
  • to save your data and sighting information on land or near shore whale watching coastal areas.

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