Satellite tracking of whales

A satellite transmitter on a narwhal.
A satellite transmitter on a narwhal. Photo: Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen.
Close up of a transmitter
Close up of a transmitter Photo: Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen.
A satellite transmitter on a beluga.
A satellite transmitter on a beluga. Photo: Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen.
A D-tag, used on bowhead whales.
A D-tag, used on bowhead whales. Photo: Fernando Ugarte.
Close up af a D-tag
Close up af a D-tag Photo: Fernando Ugarte.
A cylinder-tag use for tracking large whales.
A cylinder-tag use for tracking large whales. Photo: Fernando Ugarte.

If you find a transmitter from a whale, please contact

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
Kivioq 2
P.O. Box 570
3900 Nuuk
Greenland
Phone: +299 36 12 00
Fax: +299 36 12 12

Satellite tracking of narwhals and beluga

Since 1993 research on narwhals in the sea between Greenland and Canada. First in Melville Bay in 1993-1994 where 9 narwhals were instrumented and tracked to fidn their wintering grounds. In 1997-1999 17 narwhals were tracked from Bylot Island, and in 200-2001 22 narwhals were tracked from Somerset Island.

Project periode: Since 1993

Type af tags: Satellite transmitters. See photo at right.

Project responsible: Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen

D-tags on bowhead whales

Whales are equipped with D-tags (diving-tags) to get detailed information on their behaviour for a few hours. The tag is placed woth a long stick and attached wit a sucker. After a few hours the tag will release and float, and can befound using VHF-signals. D-tags can be reused many times.

Project period: since 2002

Type of tags: See photo 

Project responsible: Malene Simon

Satellit tracking of large whales

Project periode: Since 2000

Tag type: Satellite transmitters, cylinder-tag. Se photo.

Project responsible: Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen  

Updated 05.11.2011