This project is part of the Fram Centre's research program "Effects of climate change on sea and coastal ecosystems in the north"
Now you can follow knølkvaler that were tagged with satellite transmitters in winter darkness outside Tromsø. This is the first time anyone has been able to follow pilgrimages of the humpback whales from this area, where for several winter seasons they have followed the herring.
After spending about two to three months in the fjords outside Kvaløya and Tromsø there are now several of the individuals on the way south, travelling at different speeds. The question is; Who comes first and where are they going? And will satellite marks fall off before they reach the goal?
Since 2011 nearly 900 humpback whales have been recorded off the coast of Troms by using images of the tail fin that serves as a "fingerprint" and in the last two years both orcas and humpback whales have been tagged with satellite transmitters. This project is a collaboration between UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Akvaplan-niva , IMR , the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and the University of Aarhus (Denmark). The project includes big effort and financial support from the Frams Centre, UiT and Danish research.
The project aims to improve knowledge on the migration of humpback whales and orcas, both during the period they eat herring in the fjords outside Tromsø, and during the period after they leave these areas.
The map below is hosted at https://whaletracking.uit.no/ and is updated once a day, at 07:00.
For more information on the project go to the Fram Centre website.