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Icelandic Humpbacks Monitored

The Icelandic Marine Research Institute has been monitoring the movements of a humpback whale since early November. It was marked along with other whales with a satellite transmitter in Eyjafjördur, north Iceland, on November 6 and has since made it to south Icelandic waters.

Whale watching in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Another humpback that was marked at the same time has remained in Eyjafjördur, in all likelihood feeding on capelin, Morgunbladid reports.

The purpose with the project is to study the movements of baleen whales around Iceland and their travels out of Icelandic waters in the fall. Unlike other baleen whales in the North Atlantic, not much is known about the humpback. Its only known winter breeding location is in the Caribbean.

Some of the humpbacks that reside around Icelandic in summer travel to the Caribbean in winter, but others appear to be of an unknown stock and breed elsewhere. A considerable number of humpback whales seem to remain in Icelandic waters in winter and are known to feed on capelin.

The project is supervised by Gísli Víkingsson at the Icelandic Marine Research Institute.

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