Freed whales tracked by satelite

May 10, 2011 No comments By


On May 5th, about 21 pilot whale stranded near Cudjoe Key, in the Florida Keys,  north of Key West.

On 7 May, SDRP director Randall Wells responded to a request by NOAA Fisheries to apply small satellite-linked transmitters to two large male pilot whales.   These  were the only whales considered to be in good enough condition to be released.

The tagged males have been moving generally north with the Gulf Stream, zig-zagging across the Straits of Florida. They remain together.

This tagging effort and follow-up monitoring is supported by the NOAA Prescott grants program.

The  five surviving pilot whales were taken by truck to the Marine Mammal Conservancy where they are undergoing treatment.

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Blair Irvine, PhD, is retired and manages the SDRP website, serves as President of the non-profit Dolphin Biology Research Institute, and he volunteers as otherwise needed. He started the SDRP in 1970 with then-high school student Randy Wells. Blair led the research into the late-1970’s when Randy took over. After that, Blair's non-dolphin career was in the area of human behavioral health. With NIH support, much of his research was involved Internet interventions and training programs. His graduate degrees are in Zoology, Exercise Physiology, and Health Education.
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