whale tagging

risks, benefits, and extra information


  • studying the movements and behaviors
  • electronic tagging and tracking tools have significantly improved the ability of scientists to remotely study the movements of these enigmatic, and often threatened, animals

  • significantly increased our understanding of their movements

  • understand how movements and habitat use are influenced by environmental


  • you could get attacked
  • you could get injured
  • you could get lost at sea
  • you tag the wrong animal and get false information

whale tagging equipment

  • carbon fiber pole
  • tag with suction cup and 10 cm. barb wire attached

who whale tagging works

Data is collected by the tag while the marine animal is underwater and then transmitted when the animal surfaces. The tag has an antennae which is used to send a signal each time the animal surfaces. Information relayed includes time, date, latitude, longitude, dive depths, dive duration, amount of time at the surface in the last six hours and quality of the transmission. The ARGOS instruments detect the tag's signal when the satellite passes overhead. "WhaleNet/Satellite Tag." WhaleNet/Satellite Tag. Web. 13 Jan. 2016. <http://whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/sat_tags_work.html>.