STOP Data - Right Whale

"Metompkin"
Rignt Whale
satellite Tag #1

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SPECIAL UPDATES at the end of the data.


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1. How far does Metompkin travel a day? (Average)
2. How far did Metompkin travel since Jan. 6, 1996 until XXX date?
3. Why do you think Metompkin is traveling in this direction?
4. Why do whales migrate?
5. What is Metompkin's average rate of travel? per day? per week? per month?
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    Follow "Metompkin's" Route:

    Date, Lat., Long., Time

    Jan 6 '96: 30 N., 81 W.
    Jan 11 '96: 29 N., 81 W.
    Jan 15 '96: 30 N., 81 W.
    Jan 17 '96: 29 N., 80 W.
    Jan 19 '96: 30 N., 81 W.
    Jan 20 '96: 31 N., 81 W.
    Jan 21 '96: 31 N., 80 W.
    Jan 22 '96: 31 N., 80 W.
    Jan 23 '96: 32 N., 79 W.
    Jan 24 '96: 32 N., 79 W.
    Jan 30 '96: 34 N., 75 W.
    Feb 3 '96: 36 N., 71 W.
    Feb 9 '96: 37.4N 68.6W 23:59
    Feb 10 '96: 37.4N 68.3W 5:32
    Feb 11 '96: 37.4N 67.5W 18:24
    Feb 11 '96: 37.5N 67.4W 21:34
    Feb 11 '96: 37.5N 67.4W 23:11
    Feb 13 '96 37.4N 66.6W 12:51
    Feb 15 '96 37.5N 65.6W 6:17
    Feb 15 '96 37.5N 65.6W 10:27
    Feb 18 '96 38.2N 63.9W 18:02
    Feb 18 '96 38.2N 63.8W 22:21
    Feb 22 '96 38.4N 63.6W 06:42
    Feb 22 '96 38.4N 63.5W 08:18
    Feb 22 '96 38.4N 63.5W 09:33
    Feb 22 '96 38.4N 63.5W 11:14
    Feb 23 '96 39.8N 61.8W 23:54
    Feb 24 '96 40.0N 61.6W 04:37
    Feb 25 '96 40.7N 60.2W 21:28
    Feb 25 '96 40.7N 60.1W 23:09
    Feb 27 '96 40.3N 58.7W 12:43
    Feb 29 '96 39.9N 55.8W 07:06
    Mar 3 '96 39.6N 54.3W 17:57
    Mar 3 '96 39.5N 54.3W 22:16
    Mar 5 '96 39.0N 53.7W 11:53
    Mar 5 '96 38.8N 53.6W 15:53
    Mar 7 '96 38.8N 52.2W 05:49
    Mar 7 '96 39.0N 52.3W 11:09
    Mar 8 '96 39.6N 50.4W 23:47
    Mar 9 '96 39.6N 50.4W 03:45
    Mar 9 '96 39.6N 50.3W 05:27
    Mar 10 '96 39.5N 49.6W 18:23
    Mar 10 '96 39.4N 49.6W 21:33
    Mar 10 '96 39.3N 49.6W 23:04
    Mar 12 '96 37.9N 49.7W 12:38
    Mar 12 '96 38.5N 49.0W 14:39
    Mar 12 '96 38.6N 49.1W 16:19
    Mar 14 '96 38.3N 48.1W 06:14
    Mar 14 '96 35.6N 48.2W 10:12
    Mar 17 '96 37.1N 47.1W 20:31
    Mar 17 '96 37.1N 47.1W 22:12
    Mar 19 '96 37.0N 47.0W 11:47
    Mar 19 '96 37.1N 47.0W 15:02
    Mar 19 '96 37.1N 46.9W 16:43
    Mar 21 '96 36.8N 46.8W 06:36
    Mar 21 '96 36.8N 46.8W 09:24
    Mar 21 '96 36.8N 46.8W 11:03
    Mar 23 '96 36.9N 46.9W 04:36
    Mar 24 '96 37.3N 46.6W 21:15
    Mar 24 '96 37.3N 46.6W 22:56
    Mar 26 '96 36.9N 46.3W 15:25
    Mar 26 '96 36.9N 46.2W 17:07
    Mar 28 '96 36.4N 46.2W 07:03
    Mar 30 '96 35.6N 45.3W 05:01
    Mar 31 '96 35.4N 44.4W 17:52
    Mar 31 '96 35.5N 44.3W 20:23
    Mar 31 '96 35.5N 44.3W 22:03
    Apr 02 '96 35.9N 43.7W 11:45
    Apr 02 '96 35.9N 43.3W 15:51
    Apr 02 '96 35.9N 43.3W 17:33
    Apr 04 '96 36.2N 43.3W 05:49
    Apr 04 '96 36.3N 43.3W 09:20
    Apr 04 '96 36.3N 43.3W 11:01
    Apr 06 '96 36.6N 42.9W 03:46
    Apr 06 '96 36.6N 42.8W 05:27
    Apr 07 '96 36.9N 42.0W 19:32
    Apr 07 '96 36.6N 42.0W 22:52
    Apr 11 '96 36.4N 40.9W 08:27
    Apr 11 '96 36.4N 40.9W 10:07
    Apr 16 '96 37.5N 40.0W 15:00

    -- Date, Lat., Long., Time

    Apr 16 '96 37.5N 40.0W 16:04
    Apr 18 '96 38.2N 40.1W 09:12
    Apr 18 '96 38.2N 40.1W 10:51
    Apr 20 '96 38.5N 40.6W 04:30
    Apr 21 '96 38.3N 40.5W 19:27
    Apr 21 '96 38.3N 40.4W 22:47
    Apr 23 '96 38.5N 39.9W 17:06
    Apr 25 '96 38.4N 39.5W 07:00
    Apr 28 '96 37.8N 39.0W 17:53
    Apr 28 '96 37.6N 38.9W 20:15
    Apr 28 '96 37.6N 39.0W 21:54
    Apr 30 '96 37.1N 39.1W 14:09
    Apr 30 '96 36.9N 39.1W 15:50
    Apr 30 '96 36.9N 39.1W 17:30
    May 02 '96 36.8N 39.8W 05:46
    May 02 '96 36.7N 39.6W 10:46
    May 04 '96 36.8N 40.4W 03:40
    May 04 '96 36.8N 40.4W 05:21
    May 05 '96 36.8N 40.9W 19:22
    May 05 '96 36.8N 40.9W 22:42
    May 09 '96 36.8N 40.9W 06:06
    May 09 '96 36.8N 41.0W 08:14
    May 09 '96 36.9N 41.0W 09:55
    May 09 '96 36.8N 41.1W 11:34
    May 16 '96 37.0N 41.5W 06:32
    May 18 '96 37.1N 42.1W 04:31
    May 19 '96 37.4N 42.6W 20:55
    May 21 '96 37.6N 43.0W 15:22
    May 23 '96 37.5N 43.0W 06:56
    May 23 '96 37.5N 43.0W 09:50
    May 23 '96 37.5N 43.0W 11:30
    May 25 '96 37.5N 43.0W 04:55
    May 26 '96 37.4N 42.7W 17:48
    May 26 '96 37.3N 42.5W 20:02
    May 26 '96 37.3N 42.5W 21:41
    May 28 '96 36.9N 42.8W 15:46
    May 28 '96 36.9N 42.8W 17:26
    May 30 '96 36.7N 43.5W 08:58
    May 30 '96 36.7N 43.5W 10:35
    June 02 '96 37.6N 44.0W 18:14
    June 02 '96 37.6N 44.0W 20:48
    June 02 '96 37.6N 43.9W 22:32
    June 04 '96 37.2N 43.6W 12:06
    June 04 '96 37.2N 43.7W 14:32
    June 04 '96 37.2N 43.7W 14:54
    June 06 '96 36.8N 44.1W 06:08
    June 06 '96 36.8N 44.2W 09:45
    June 06 '96 36.8N 44.2W 11:24
    June 08 '96 36.8N 44.5W 04:06
    June 08 '96 36.8N 44.6W 05:44
    June 09 '96 37.0N 44.6W 19:58
    June 09 '96 37.0N 44.6W 21:38
    June 09 '96 37.0N 44.6W 23:19
    June 11 '96 37.1N 44.8W 14:57
    June 11 '96 37.1N 44.8W 16:36
    June 13 '96 37.4N 44.4W 06:32
    June 13 '96 37.4N 44.4W 08:51
    June 13 '96 37.4N 44.4W 10:31
    June 15 '96 37.1N 44.3W 04:29
    June 16 '96 36.9N 44.1W 20:44
    June 16 '96 36.8N 44.1W 22:25
    June 18 '96 36.7N 44.2W 15:18
    June 18 '96 36.7N 44.2W 16:56
    June 20 '96 36.7N 44.0W 06:53
    June 20 '96 36.7N 44.1W 09:39
    June 20 '96 36.7N 44.1W 11:18
    June 23 '96 35.6N 44.3W 19:53
    June 23 '96 35.7N 44.3W 21:30
    June 25 '96 35.5N 44.3W 15:42
    June 25 '96 35.5N 44.3W 17:21
    June 27 '96 35.6N 44.3W 08:47
    June 27 '96 35.6N 44.3W 10:27
    June 29 '96 35.7N 44.6W 03:37
    June 29 '96 35.7N 44.7W 05:15
    June 30 '96 36.0N 45.6W 20:39
    June 30 '96 36.1N 45.6W 22:20
    July 2 '96 36.3N 46.1W 11:55
    July 2 '96 36.4N 46.1W 14:28
    July 2 '96 36.4N 46.2W 16:09
    July 4 '96 37.4N 46.7W 06:03

    NOTE:

    The last transmission before the battery died was July 4, 1996 BUT this is not the end of the story. If Metompkin is sighted this season in the Bay of Fundy or next winter in the waters off of the Florida-Georgia coast, we will give you an up-date.
    Please check back for Metompkin and the other satellite tags that are scheduled.

    *** Metompkin was sighted on August 6, 1996 in the Bay of Fundy near Lubec, Maine with no sign of the gear in which she was entangled. The Great news is that she is free, the less than great news is........??? What problems does this pose for analyzing the satellite data on the fixes???

    Map of "Metompkin's Route

    Metompkin (Is a Mother!!) Update!!
    "I like to think that on 07/04(/96) Metompkin's burden fell away. Independence Day. She did make an appearance in the Bay of Fundy this past August and we were ecstatic to see that she'd lost the gear and was swimming free. Whatever the case, this young whale was pregnant during the whole ordeal because she is here with her first calf." -- Chris Slay, New England Aquarium, Right Whale Research

    We would like to hear from you!!!
    After working with the Lat./Long. figures for "Metompkin" and placing her track on the maps we would like you to email us with your thoughts about her journey. What are some theories that you may have about her path? Use the icon below to email your responses to us. Thanks!!!

    pita@whale.wheelock.edu


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