Summary of Humpback Whale Satellite Tagging Efforts in The North Pacific Ocean, 1995?2019
Daniel M. Palacios, Bruce R. Mate
Oregon State University has conducted satellite tagging studies on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) at several locations in the North Pacific Ocean over the period 1995–2019. The results from these efforts have recently been presented in two comprehensive technical reports to the U.S. Navyfocusing on two areas: Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, respectively. Here we provide a brief summary of the key information in these two reportsfor consideration during the SC68C meeting,with particular reference tohumpback whales movements, migration, habitat use, and residence timeas inferred through satellite tagging.