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Marine Species Monitoring

Tagging Data

Monitoring projects involving attaching a variety of tag types to marine species are becoming a more common part of the Navy's marine species monitoring program to address questions ranging from movement patterns to behavioral response.  Some of the these tags such as the SPOT and SPLASH (Wildlife Computers), and SRDL (Sea Mammal Research Unit) allow animal movements to be monitored remotely over weeks to months using GPS and/or ARGOS technologies linked through satellites or even GSM cellular phone networks.  In addition, some of these tags are able to log, store, and transmit additional data such as dive depth and water temperature.  Other tags like the DTAG and Acousonde record fine-scale movements and sounds from the tagged animal as well as all other sounds from various sound sources in the area. These tags store the data onboard and must be retrieved in order to download and analyze the data and are typically attached with suction cups, typically for less than 24 hours. Each of these tag types has particular benefits and are used for addressing specific objectives. More information on current tagging projects and links to online tracking data can be accessed below when available.

 

ATLANTIC

Tagging and Tracking of Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales in Florida Waters
Project profile

Lower Chesapeake Bay Sea Turtle tagging and Tracking
Project profile
Tracking data - OBIS-SEAMAP
Tracking data - SeaTurtle.org

Occurrence, Ecology, and Behavior of Deep-diving Odontocetes
Project Profile
Tracking data - MoveBank.org

Mid-Atlantic Humpback Whale Monitoring
Project Profile
Tracking data - MoveBank.org

Mid-Atlantic Continental Shelf Break Cetacean Study
Project Profile

 

PACIFIC

Tagging Fin and Blue Whales in Southern California
Project profile - coming soon

Pacific Northwest Pinniped Satellite Tracking
Project profile - coming soon