Marine mammals now online

Biomarkers allow online tracking on Movebank

The Diario reports on a fascinating story. A team of researchers from OOM – Madeira Ocean Observatory – have put Madeira on the map of Movebank, an online platform that allows the sharing and tracking of animal movements through biomarkers, worldwide.

The “great news”, according to the Diario, given by this team is that the general public can now follow the tracking of the tropical short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) which was tagged with a satellite transmitter during the fieldwork in May.

It should be noted that this is the first data from Madeira Island to be placed on MoveBank, and are called ‘Whale Telemetry – Oceanic Observatory of Madeira’, because they meet the objectives of the OOM Project.

Movebank is a free, online database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior. The platform helps animal tracking researchers to manage, share, protect, analyse, and archive their data. The animal tracking data in Movebank belongs to researchers all over the world who choose whether and how to share their data with the public.

The newspaper comments that with this new method of study, the OOM “becomes a veritable living observatory”. On this platform, data collected from two previously marked pilot whales were also introduced.

The movements of the whale recently marked by the OOM team can be followed in near real time.

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