Both series of videos were taken this summer. The blue whale tagging was off of the California coast and the humpback whale tagging was off of New England. In both series it is Dr. Ari Friedlaender who is deploying the tag, he is a researcher with Duke University. The tag is a digital tag that is attached to the animal by suction cups and programmed to come off a few hours after deployment. The intent of the research projects are to examine how the whales use the water column, both for general movements but also for feeding styles. This information has been used to develop management strategies for preventing collisions with ships and entanglements in fishing gear. The tags also have a hydrophone so researchers can hear any vocalizations the animal is making or how loud of an environment they are in.The research being conducted under applicable federal laws. Footage provided by: blueworldinnovations.com/

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