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Mauritius Sperm Whale satellite tracking: MAUBYDICK

A project of M2C0 in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
20167 sperm whaleAdult2014-12-022014-11-30-2
20169 sperm whaleAdult2014-12-022015-06-20200
Noel sperm whaleSubadult2014-12-032014-12-2623
Parfait sperm whaleAdult2014-12-022014-12-2422
Teriasat 1 sperm whaleAdult2014-12-012015-01-0535
Teriasat 2 sperm whaleAdult2014-12-012014-12-2120
Teriasat 3 sperm whaleAdult2014-12-022015-01-1948
Teriasat 4 sperm whaleAdult2014-12-032015-01-0937

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Quels sont les mouvements des cachalots observés tout au long de l’année à l’ile Maurice ?

Les groupes matriarcaux observés se déplacent-ils entre les îles de l’Océan indien occidental ?

Où vont les grands mâles reproducteurs après s’être accouplés à Maurice et d’où viennent ils ?

Le projet MAUBYDICK, porté par l’association mauricienne Marine Megafauna Conservation Organisation (M2C0, tentera de répondre à ces questions sur une période de 5 ans (2014-2018). La première mission se déroule du 19 novembre au 4 décembre 2014 sur la côte Ouest de l’ile Maurice. Elle consiste à repérer et photo-identifier les individus puis à effectuer des prélèvements cutanés et déployer des balises Argos sur les individus choisis.

What are the movements of sperm whales observed throughout the year in Mauritius? Do observed matriarchal groups travel between the islands of the South-Western Indian Ocean? Where do the breeding males go after reproducing in Mauritius and where do they come from?

The project MAUBYDICK, led by the Mauritian NGO Marine Megafauna Conservation Organization (M2C0) will attempt to answer these questions over a 5-year period (2014-2018). The first field mission will take place from 19 November to 4 December 2014 on the west coast of Mauritius. Its goal is the photo-identification of the sperm whales of the area, skin biopsies and satellite tag deployment on selected individuals.

Project Partners

L’association française Megaptera, The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources assisté par Mikkel Villum et Sea Blue

Safari apporteront leur expertise en matière de monitoring des populations de cétacés et de déploiement de balises Argos.

Label Bleu Productions prendra les images nécessaires pour la réalisation d’un film documentaire sur le projet.

The French NGO Megaptera, The Greenland Institute of Natural Resources assisted by Mikkel Villum and Sea Blue Safari will bring together their expertise in terms of monitoring of cetacean populations and satellite tag deployment. Label Bleu Productions will film the whales and the mission in order to produce a documentary about the project.



Project Sponsors

L'entreprise Exagone est le principal sponsor du projet

Laetitia et Stephane Aymé-Muth adhérents de MEGAPTERA

Paris Le Sud agence de communication



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