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Whale Profiles

Background - 8 January, 2009
Every whale is unique and can be identified by the notches and colour patterns on their flukes (tails).

The humpback whales below were tagged in New Caledonia and The Cook Islands in the South Pacific. The whales that visit New Caledonia come back to the same islands every year to rest, give birth and breed.

These whales come from small, unrecovered populations which are distinct from the humpbacks from other areas in the Pacific.

When a whaler lines up a whale, ready to shoot the harpoon, he won't know if the whale in his sights is from this small, unique population where the death of one whale can have dramatic consequences for the survival of the group, or from more abundant populations.

Look at each whale's profile and track them on the map as they migrate to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica.

The information provided by the satellite tags will provide vital data on the movements, habitat use and population structure of these unique whales.

24639

Mister Splashy Pants

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 01 September 2007

Named by: Our supporters

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37233

Neo

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 19 September 2007

Named by: Ryuichi Sakamoto

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SARAVAH

Saravah

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 10 September 2007

Named by: Opération Cétacés

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24642

Aurora

Male or Female? Unknown

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 10 September 2007

Named by: Our supporters

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24641

Humphrey

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 27 August 2007

Named by: Our supporters

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37234

Mira

Male or Female? Possible Male

With calf? No

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 20 September 2007

Named by: Our supporters

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Mikaela

Mikaela

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 20 August 2007

Named by: Opération Cétacés

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37236

Lyra

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 20 September 2007

Named by: Sugizo

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37229

Aiko

Male or Female? Female

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 10 September 2007

Named by: Our supporters

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27262

Libertad

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 19 September 2007

Named by: Our supporters

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33000

Kaimana

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 03 September 2007

Named by: Our supporters

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37277

Nameless - (37277)

Male or Female? Unknown

With calf? No

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 21 September 2007

Named by:

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26712

Nameless - (26712)

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 27 August 2007

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37282

Iluka

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 25 September 2007

Named by: Greenpeace Australia supporters

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37232

Nameless - (26715)

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 01 September 2007

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37232

Nameless - (37232)

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 18 September 2007

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33001

Nameless - (33001)

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 08 September 2007

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27258

Nameless - (27258)

Male or Female? Male

With calf? No

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 03 September 2007

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37230

Nameless - (37230)

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: New Caledonia

Date tagged: 11 September 2007

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37278

Nameless - (37278)

Male or Female? Female

With calf? Yes

Tagged: Cook Islands

Date tagged: 22 September 2007

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