6 Western Gray whales satellite tracked

This summer 6 western gray whales, one male and five females, were tagged with satellite tags off Sakhalin, Russia and their movements are now being monitored.  One tag was not well attached and has fallen off, at present there are still tags on 5 animals.  The whales are all in the Sakhalin area, three in the offshore feeding ground and two nearshore.

During the tagging efforts this summer, Flex (the whale tagged in 2010) was seen on several occasions.  He appeared to be in good body condition and, while scarred, the tag area has healed.

For more information and regular updates on the location of the tagged whales visit: http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/Sakhalin2011