LTER Antarctic satellite telemetry of humpback whales

The Bio-Telemetry and Behavioral Ecology Lab at the Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University

Dataset credit

Research was conducted under a collaboration with the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Program’s Palmer Long-term Ecological Research Program and the Australian Antarctic division.


Primary contact Corrie Curtice Duke University
Primary contact Ari Friedlaender Oregon State University
Secondary contact Pat Halpin Duke University
Secondary contact Dave Johnston Duke University
Secondary contact Hugh Ducklow Columbia University
Secondary contact Nick Gales Australian Antarctic Division
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University


Curtice, C., A. Friedlaender, P. Halpin, D. Johnston, H. Ducklow and N. Gales. 2015. LTER Antarctic satellite telemetry of humpback whales. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.


This data is from 5 humpback whales that were tagged in the Western Antarctic Peninsula in 2012. The tags were SPOT5 Platform Transmitting Terminals. Tags were programmed to transmit between 00:00 and 04:00, and between 12:00 and 16:00 (GMT) daily, and were activated upon first dive after tagging.


The purpose of this effort is to deepen the understanding of movement patterns and behaviors of humpback whales. This information is important to better understand the relationships between whales and their prey in an increasingly warming Western Antarctic Peninsula.

Supplemental information

Research was conducted under grant award ANT-0823101 and NMFS permit 14097, ACA permit 2009-013, and Duke University IACUC A049-112-02.


Ari S. Friedlaender, Corrie Curtice, Hugh Ducklow, Patrick N. Halpin, David W. Johnston, Nick Gales. 2012. Long Term Ecological Research: Satellite telemetry of humpback whale movements in the Antarctic peninsula.
Corrie Curtice, David W. Johnston, Hugh Ducklow, Nick Gales, Patrick N. Halpin, Ari S. Friedlaender. 2015. Modeling the spatial and temporal dynamics of foraging movements of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Western Antarctic Peninsula. In review.



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Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
deployidDeployment ID
tag_idPTT ID
datetimeDate and time in UTC
qualityArgos quality flag
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
speciesScientific name
sp_tsnTaxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
Marine mammals5,589
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2012-01-03
Date, End2012-06-14
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-68.85 - -62.47
Longitude-76.25 - -58.10
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 1262)
Traveled (km)25,971
Travel hours8,970
Contr. through
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Shared with OBIS*
GBIF (via DOI)*
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