Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


US/NZ to track endangered whales in Rarotonga

US/NZ to track endangered whales in Rarotonga

26 August 2014

Three US scientists are this week deploying satellite tracking tags on Humpback whales off the Rarotonga coast to gain information vital to protecting the endangered mammals from extinction.

The scientists, University of Canterbury lecturer Travis Horton, Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation Nan Hauser, and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration’s Alex Zerbini, will deploy seven satellite monitoring tags between August 26 and September 6.

Dr Horton said it would be only the second time the endangered Oceania Humpback whales are tracked from the Cook Islands. The last documented track was recorded by Dr Hauser in 2007.

Dr Hauser’s research showed several whales moved directly from Rarotonga to American Samoa before making the long distance migration from their tropical calving grounds to feeding grounds in the Antarctic.

“We still lack basic knowledge about Humpback whale movement, but past research indicates that Rarotonga largely serves as a stop-over site for whales in transit to other areas across Oceania,” Dr Horton said.

“By deploying satellite transmitter tags on whales as they pass through Rarotonga, we’ll gain a better understanding of how these whales disperse and what migration corridors they use,” he said.

The satellite tracking tags, which last over a year, will allow the scientists to monitor the whales’ movements as soon as the transmitters are attached. Subsequent data from the Argos satellite system will continue to detail the whales’ movement in real time.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s ‘Our Ocean 2014’ conference in June this year, emphasised the importance of bilateral partnerships, such as this one between the US and New Zealand, in preserving global ocean health and its inhabitants for future generations.

Further information:

Follow Dr Horton’s whale blog: http://megaptera14.blogspot.co.nz/

More information about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s ‘Our Ocean 2014’ conference: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/ocns/opa/2014conf/index.htm

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Falls To 3-Year Low As Investors Favour Greenback

The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest in more than three years as investors sold euro and bought US dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

NASA, NOAA: Find 2014 Warmest Year In Modern Record

Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: New Zealand’s Reserve Bank Named Central Bank Of The Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s efforts to stifle house price inflation by using new policy tools has seen the institution named Central Bank of the year by Central Banking Publications, a publisher specialising in global central banking practice. More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: Viral Science And Another 'Big Dry'?

"Potentially, if there is no significant rainfall for the next month or so, we could be heading into one of the worst nation-wide droughts we’ve seen for some time," warns NIWA principal climate scientist Dr Andrew Tait. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news