GOALS II (2013 Gulf of Alaska Line Transect Survey)

The GOALS II cruise through 2 July 2013 indicated a very successful survey with 268 visual sightings of marine mammals including a wide variety of species including blue whale, fin whale, humpback whale, minke whale, Baird’s beaked whale, Cuvier’s beaked whale, and killer whales. A blue whale and Baird’s beaked whale were satellite tagged on 29 June 2013 as part of the surevy (see track below and updates on Cascadia’s Facebook page). The blue whale spent the first two days after tagging around Surveyor Seamount, then started to travel south.

blue whale track lines
Blue whale track lines