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MEGARA NorthWest Indies 2014

A project of Reserve Naturelle de Saint-Martin in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
22849a Humpback WhaleAdult2014-04-022014-04-042
6335a Humpback WhaleAdult2014-03-252014-03-250
6336a Humpback WhaleAdult2013-09-242013-09-23-1
Hope Humpback WhaleAdult2014-03-252014-03-261
Megara Humpback WhaleAdult2014-04-012014-04-2726
Sasha Humpback WhaleAdult2014-04-022014-04-042
Soca Humpback WhaleAdult2014-03-252014-04-1925
Teria 5 Humpback WhaleAdult2014-04-032014-04-2219

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Where do humpback whales that frequent the waters of the northern Lesser Antilles from January to June come from? What do they do in these waters? Are sperm whales which also frequent these waters from the same groups present in Guadeloupe and Dominica? Are these waters also a nursery for this species?

The scientific mission MEGARA will attempt to answer these questions during a campaign at sea which will take place from March 24 to April 3, 2014 in the northern Lesser Antilles, focusing on the AGOA sanctuary. The goal of this campaign is to deploy Argos satellite tags on humpback whales and collect biopsies from this species and from sperm whales.

D’où viennent les baleines à bosse qui fréquentent les eaux du Nord des Petites Antilles de Janvier à Juin ? Que font-elles dans les Iles du Nord ? Les cachalots qui fréquentent ces eaux sont-ils issus des mêmes groupes présents en Guadeloupe et en Dominique ? Ces eaux sont-elles aussi une nurserie pour cette espèce ?

La mission scientifique MEGARA va tenter de répondre à ces questions lors d’une campagne en mer qui aura lieu du 24 mars au 03 avril 2014 dans les Iles du Nord et notamment dans le sanctuaire Agoa et qui consistera à déployer des balises Argos sur les baleines à bosse et effectuer des prélèvements cutanés sur cette espèce ainsi que sur les cachalots.

Project Partners

The managers of the marine protected areas in the northern Lesser Antilles, including the natural reserves of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, principal partners of this project, with the support of CAR-SPAW, Megaptera, Anguilla, Saint-Eustache, Saba, Sint Marteen and the company "Exagone", all participate in this campaign whose overall objective is to improve our knowledge of these species in order to better protect them.

Les gestionnaires des aires marines protégées des Iles du Nord, dont les réserves naturelles de Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélemy, co-porteuses du projet avec l'appui du CAR-SPAW, Association Megaptera, Anguilla, Saint-Eustache, Saba, Sint Marteen et l’entreprise « Exagone » tous participent à cette expédition dont l’objectif est d’améliorer nos connaissances de ces espèces afin de mieux les protéger.








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