Here is the most recent map of the progress of whales on The Great Humpback Whale Trail. As you can see, many of the whales are now well on their way to their Antarctic feeding grounds. We received data from the majority of the tags, with a few others giving intermittent signals – this is encouraging as almost all tags are now transmitting location information. We were thrilled to see that almost all whales swam a pathway down through the Kermadec Island chain before heading in a more southeasterly direction.
We will track their progress over the next weeks and months with much interest. The new team will now be at Raoul and hopefully collecting more fluke photo-identification images and the Raoulies are about to send some photos through as well. Lots of important pieces of information to help us understand where our northernmost New Zealand whales come from and where they go to.
By Rochelle Constantine