Science Spotlight

Why It's Important:

The development of the LIMPET tagging system has opened up the potential to monitor the movements of killer whales and numerous other species not previously accessible because they were too large or difficult to capture safely, but too small for tags that implant deeply within the body. With collaborators around the world, LIMPET tags have been deployed on 20 cetacean species, some of them never before tracked via satellite. For more information on how LIMPET tags are providing important data for the conservation and understanding of whales, see the “Application of LIMPET tags” tab.
In the foreground of this photo of a pod of Western Alaska Transient killer whales you can see the LIMPET satellite tag (yellow arrow) on adult male WT121.
(C. Guinet photo).
Research on killer whales was conducted under permits 545-1488, 545-1761, 15616, 782-1719 and 16163 from NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources.


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