A Caribbean Citizen Science Project for Yachters
HELP US TRACK HUMPBACK WHALE MIGRATION
CARIB Tails is enlisting yachters and cruisers to help track the movements of humpback whales between their North Atlantic feeding grounds and their breeding grounds in the Wider Caribbean Region.
Your contributions of tail fluke photographs of humpback whales from the Caribbean region are critical for conservation efforts.
Flukeprints are the “fingerprints”
of whale identification.
Individual humpback whales are identified by the black and white patterns on the underside of their (tail) flukes. Natural markings on the flukes captured through photography have allowed researchers to monitor the movements, health and behavior of individual humpbacks since this research began in the 1970’s.
FOOTPRINTS: na08893 was first seen in the Gulf of Maine by Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies in 2008. It is named Footprints there. It was then seen in 2014 off Guadeloupe by Evasion Tropicale, a rare link between these areas.
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Photos: Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)
When humpbacks dive, they often raise their flukes above the water’s surface and provide researchers the opportunity to photograph the natural markings on the underside. Individual whales (left to right): Tofu, Burst, Seal, Loon and Cardhu.
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