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Citation
Gales, N., Andrews-Goff, V., Double, M. (2018, updated 2019) Satellite tracking of southbound East Australian humpback whales 2008/09 Australian Antarctic Data Centre - doi:10.4225/15/5ae679d839e71
Title
Satellite tracking of southbound East Australian humpback whales 2008/09
Data Centre
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia
DOI
doi:10.4225/15/5ae679d839e71
Created Date
2018-04-30
Revision Date
2019-06-06
Parent record
ASAC_2941

Description

Tracking spring and summer migration of humpbacks from Eden NSW, Australia to Antarctica.
Dataset can be found here: https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/argos/display_campaign.cfm?campaign_id=70

Satellite tags were deployed on adult humpback whales with a modified version of the Air Rocket Transmitter System (ARTS, Restech) and a purpose-designed projectile carrier at a pressure of 7.5 – 10 bar. A custom-designed, 80mm anchor section is attached to a stainless steel cylindrical housing containing a location-only transmitter (SPOT-5 by Wildlife Computers, Redmond, Washington, USA and Kiwisat 202 Cricket by Sirtrack, Havelock North, New Zealand). This superseded anchor design resulted in the anchor section disarticulating upon deployment in order to achieve improved tag retention times while minimising impact. The tags were sterilised with ethylene oxide prior to deployment and implanted up to 290mm into the skin, blubber, interfacial layers and outer muscle mass of the whale. Tags were programmed to transmit to the Argos satellite system at various duty cycles and repetition rates for a maximum of 720 transmissions per day. These transmissions are relayed to processing centres which calculate the transmitter’s location by measuring the Doppler Effect on transmission frequency.

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Access

These data are publicly available for download from the ARGOS database.

Temporal Coverages

Spatial Coverages

Science Keywords

Additional Keywords

  • HUMPBACK WHALE
  • SATELLITE TAG
  • MIGRATION
  • ANIMAL MOVEMENT

Locations

  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
  • CONTINENT > AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
  • CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
  • OCEAN > SOUTHERN OCEAN

Platforms

  • SATELLITES

Instruments

  • ARGOS Data Collection and Position Location System

Researchers

  • gales, nick (INVESTIGATOR)
  • andrews-goff, virginia (INVESTIGATOR,TECHNICAL CONTACT,DIF AUTHOR)
  • double, mike (INVESTIGATOR)

Use Constraints

This data set conforms to the CCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=AAS_2941_humpback_whale_satellite_tracks_Eden_2008 when using these data.

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