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Travis Horton
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Aere ra to'ora
Nan and the team have put together the below (epic!) video capturing many of the highlights of our 2014 tagging research.  Enjoy! Aere ra To'ora from Nan Hauser on Vimeo .

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Migration Update #5
I don't know about you, but I sure couldn't row a boat that straight for that long in the open ocean. Check out the map! 121195.14 is our big mover of the week! 500+ km along a bearing that is straight as... That's roughly the meridional width of Wyoming or...

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Migration Update #4
Has the migration finally begun? It seems most of our tagged whales are perfectly happy continuing to bounce  between the islands of Oceania. 112716.14 continues to hang out around the small islands of northern Tonga, 112697.14 has joined the party in Samoa...

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Migration Update #3
We have passed the one-month mark since deployment of our first tag and what a month it has been! One month ago we did not know how 'easily' humpback whales commute between the islands of Oceania. ['commuting' is a type of animal movement behavior distinct ...

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Migration Update #2
Another week, another 1000 km... It's been an exciting 7 days since my last Megaptera14 humpback whale migration update! One transmitter tag has come back to life, one whale has been content cruisin' around Raro, and 4 others have made haste to new island h...

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For Your Viewing Pleasure...
...I've prepared some YouTube clips. These are not just regular old home movies, folks. These are truly spectacular images that capture some magical moments. Enjoy! I'll post an update on the whale movements in a few days. Thanks for following along!  Travis

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Migration Update #1
One week and one-thousand kilometers later, three of our tagged whales are heading west... Now that I am back in Christchurch, my updates to Megaptera14  are going to be about once a week. Monday nights (NZ time) work best.  But I do promise to keep updatin...

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Tag count 1!
Huge progress over the past few days! The team's hard work has really paid off with four more tags successfully deployed over the past 48 hours. That brings our total to 9 tags deployed - with 8 of them having transmitted humpback whale locations to us via ...

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Tag Count 5
We're down to 5 tags remaining! Our patience and persistence has paid off. After a day on-land watching for whales from shore due to extreme seas, we were back on the water again yesterday. Despite being restricted to the western side of the island due to s...

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Still on 8
Well, the ocean has not been that cooperative the past two days. We're being extremely patient and persistent, getting on the water early, following individual whales for hours on end, putting ourselves in a position to deploy tags, but the combination of a...
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