On July 13 and 14, 2016 the SEASWAP team placed satellite tags on 4 individual sperm whales offshore of Cape Edgecumbe and Shelikof Bay out of Sitka, AK. In addition, 7 skin samples were collected, which will be used to analyze genetics and stable isotopes as a proxy of diet. The information gathered will allow fishermen to avoid fishing near tagged whales to minimize depredation, and help our team better understand sperm whale movements and population dynamics in the Gulf o Alaska. To follow whale movements, go to the SEASWAP website at www.seaswap.info/whaletracker.
For more information, please contact SEASWAP personnel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-738-4494.