Humpback Whale Tagging
In the busy waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Boston, ships and submerged fishing gear pose a threat to humpback whales. Researchers with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Census of Marine Life tag the aquatic giants to gain a clearer picture of the humpback’s underwater habits, foraging strategies and movements. The data collected is used to redirect water traffic and implement safer fishing practices to keep these whales out of harms’ way. Photo Credit: flickkerphotos via Flickr.