Blue Whale Flukes

Blue Whale
(Balaenoptera musculus)

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Satellite Tagging Observation Data

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Blue Whale - 39390
039390 Date : 17.09.16 20:51:31 LC : A IQ : 07 Lat1 : 49.328N Lon1 : 64.452W
039390 Date : 17.09.16 23:22:34 LC : 3 IQ : 60 Lat1 : 50.870N Lon1 : 74.867W
039390 Date : 18.09.16 00:44:49 LC : 1 IQ : 57 Lat1 : 48.873N Lon1 : 63.951W
039390 Date : 18.09.16 22:38:31 LC : A IQ : 60 Lat1 : 48.896N Lon1 : 63.860W
039390 Date : 19.09.16 01:13:05 LC : B IQ : 08 Lat1 : 48.848N Lon1 : 63.024W
039390 Date : 20.09.16 01:42:09 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 48.895N Lon1 : 63.874W
039390 Date : 20.09.16 11:31:52 LC : A IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.731N Lon1 : 64.214W
039390 Date : 21.09.16 22:30:01 LC : A IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.017N Lon1 : 64.144W
039390 Date : 22.09.16 20:43:30 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.442N Lon1 : 63.145W
039390 Date : 24.09.16 00:15:57 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.330N Lon1 : 64.491W
039390 Date : 24.09.16 21:24:21 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.409N Lon1 : 63.612W
039390 Date : 25.09.16 22:31:28 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.402N Lon1 : 65.130W
039390 Date : 26.09.16 07:04:56 LC : 2 IQ : 56 Lat1 : 49.538N Lon1 : 65.512W
039390 Date : 27.09.16 23:08:56 LC : 0 IQ : 50 Lat1 : 49.513N Lon1 : 65.277W
039390 Date : 28.09.16 22:23:18 LC : 0 IQ : 50 Lat1 : 49.531N Lon1 : 65.124W
039390 Date : 29.09.16 00:18:02 LC : A IQ : 08 Lat1 : 49.541N Lon1 : 65.153W
039390 Date : 29.09.16 22:32:38 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.540N Lon1 : 65.019W
039390 Date : 30.09.16 23:14:25 LC : 0 IQ : 56 Lat1 : 49.593N Lon1 : 65.733W
039390 Date : 02.10.16 02:32:50 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.585N Lon1 : 65.617W
039390 Date : 02.10.16 21:17:25 LC : B IQ : 00 Lat1 : 49.609N Lon1 : 66.082W
039390 Date : 03.10.16 21:42:50 LC : A IQ : 60 Lat1 : 48.365N Lon1 : 66.919W
039390 Date : 05.10.16 22:40:45 LC : A IQ : 60 Lat1 : 49.660N Lon1 : 66.269W
039390 Date : 06.10.16 18:25:00 LC : 0 IQ : 40 Lat1 : 49.517N Lon1 : 66.100W
Tracking Maps - "39390"

Mingan Island Cetacean Study

Blue Whale - 100385
This location data is in the dd mm ss format.
100385 48 53' 13"N 63 57' 19"W 2 2016/09/16 23:23:25
100385 48 54' 39"N 64 00' 08"W 2 2016/09/17 07:03:57
100385 48 55' 51"N 63 56' 22"W 2 2016/09/18 06:52:07
100385 48 55' 25"N 63 56' 06"W 2 2016/09/18 08:33:30
100385 48 49' 59"N 64 00' 58"W A 2016/09/19 00:18:12
100385 49 04' 36"N 63 53' 26"W 0 2016/09/21 02:10:19
100385 49 24' 21"N 64 19' 37"W 1 2016/09/23 00:34:53
100385 49 26' 39"N 63 50' 43"W A 2016/09/24 01:12:26
100385 9/26/16 11:10:02 -64.15993 49.52306 A
100385 49 45' 03"N 64 39' 42"W 2 2016/09/29 01:52:58
100385 49 49' 35"N 65 31' 16"W 3 2016/10/03 09:49:14

Tracking Maps - "100385"

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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.

  • Tracking Map - "39390" and Tracking Map - "100385"


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