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Scientists have long wondered where Southern Resident killer whales go in the winter, and what they eat when they leave Puget Sound. NWFSC scientists and our collaborators (Cascadia Research Collective, U.S. Navy) use location data from satellite tags deployed on these whales to find out more about the winter migration of this endangered species and the extent of their range.
Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about satellite tags, including how they work, the information they provide scientists, potential risks, and methods for minimizing potential impacts to the whales.
2016 Southern Resident killer whale satellite tagging