Long-Distance Movement of a Sei Whale in the North Atlantic, 2005

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Original provider: Erik Olsen, Institute of Marine Research Dataset credits: Erik Olsen and Leif Nøttestad, Institute of Marine Research Abstract: Long-distance migration for most species of baleen whales is poorly understood because of the practical difficulties and substantial expense involved in gathering relevant data. Presently, satellite tracking is the only method that delivers the necessary detail and quantitative data on movement patterns on far-ranging marine mammals. In this study, ARGOS satellite tags were deployed on North Atlantic sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) at the Azores Islands. Data from one whale showed a cumulative 4,102 km movement from tagging at Faial Island in the Azores on 12 April 2005 via the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ) to the Labrador Sea where transmissions stopped on 7 June 2005. For a portion of the distance from CGFZ to the Labrador Sea, the whale moved in the prevailing direction of the surface current pattern. Erratic movement in five areas along the movement track indicates feeding behavior, particularly in the CGFZ. The results show the largescale movement potential of North Atlantic sei whales from wintering grounds to highly productive potential feeding areas in the Labrador Sea. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to track sei whales from winter grounds off the Azores to summer feeding grounds in the North Atlantic Supplemental information: All location classes are visualized. There is a gap from location of tagging to first transmission.

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Occurrence,Radio transmitters,Animal movements,Satellite transmitters; Observation; Occurrence

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Erik Olsen
  • Owner
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Primary contact
Institute of Marine Research
  • Metadata Provider
  • Distributor
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
A328 LSRC building
27708 Durham

Geographic Coverage

North Atlantic,Azores,Labrador,Mid-atlantic ridge

Bounding Coordinates South West [38.57, -55.506], North East [56.083, -29.136]

Taxonomic Coverage

Scientific names are based on the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Species Balaenoptera borealis (Sei Whale)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2005-04-13 / 2005-06-07

Project Data

No Description available

Title Long-Distance Movement of a Sei Whale in the North Atlantic, 2005
Funding NA

The personnel involved in the project:

Erik Olsen
  • Owner

Sampling Methods


Study Extent NA

Method step description:

  1. NA

Collection Data

Collection Name zd_888
Collection Identifier zd_888
Parent Collection Identifier OBIS-SEAMAP

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose The purpose of this study was to track sei whales from winter grounds off the Azores to summer feeding grounds in the North Atlantic
Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.env.duke.edu/resource?r=zd_888