|Town/Region||Puerto Madryn, Puerto Pirámides|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Cetaceans, Mammals, People|
|Date||31 May 2017|
During whale season, as we have been doing since 2013, line transects will be conducted to determine usage patterns of Bahía Nueva by whales and ships. Whales and ships abundance and distribution will be calculated, whales dive patterns in the route of access to port will be recorded, and the impact of whale watching will be assessed. Line transects will be done along the whale season by using a hexacopter drone, it is estimated to make a census at least one a month in the areas with concentration of whales.
Whales will be tagged with raspiwhale, a new non-invasive device, along the season in Puerto Pirámides and principally between October and December in Bahía Nueva. Raspiwhale is a non-invasive tag used for measuring physiological, behavioural and environmental parameters in whales and is attached to the whales via suction cups that are released from the whale by a programmable electronic system, has operating autonomy, is waterproof, withstands pressure to 100 m deep and fleet what permit it to be recovered and reused. In Puerto Pirámides whales will be tagged along the season and the whale watching will be done on these individuals, allowing assessing the impact of whale watching. The effects of whale watching boats performing manoeuvres prohibited by law and the effects of turning engines on will be estimated trough the measurement of whale’s three-dimensional movements (speed, rotation and pitch).
Read about Maria's previous project http://www.rufford.org/projects/mar%C3%ADa_bel%C3%A9n_arg%C3%BCelles or for more information contact: