Study

Notes: Movements and dive habits of a satellite-monitored longfinned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) in the northwest Atlantic

  • Published source details Mate B.R., Lagerquist B.A., Winsor M., Geraci J. & Prescott J.H. (2005) Notes: Movements and dive habits of a satellite-monitored longfinned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) in the northwest Atlantic. Marine Mammal Science, 21, 136-144

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Rehabilitate and release injured, sick or weak marine and freshwater mammals

Action Link
Marine and Freshwater Mammal Conservation
  1. Rehabilitate and release injured, sick or weak marine and freshwater mammals

    A study in 1986–1987 of a pelagic area in the North Atlantic Ocean, near Cape Cod, USA (Mate et al. 2005) found that a stranded juvenile long-finned pilot whale Globicephala melas that was rehabilitated and released back into the wild survived for at least three months. The rehabilitated male whale was successfully tracked for 95 days after release and travelled at least 3,144 km during that time. The whale was observed with a group of wild long-finned pilot whales 20 days after release. The juvenile whale (aged two years old) was rescued after a mass stranding event in December 1986 and taken to an aquarium. After seven months of rehabilitation, the whale was fitted with a satellite tag and released in the ocean 160 km southeast of the stranding site. Two other juvenile whales rescued from the same site were also released but were not fitted with tags. The tagged whale was tracked to 204 locations during 95 days in June–September 1987.

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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