|Title||Fin whale tracked by satellite off Iceland|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1996|
|Authors||Watkins, William A., Sigurjonsson Johann, Wartzok Douglas, Maiefski Romaine R., Howey Paul W., and Daher M. A.|
|Journal||Marine Mammal Science|
|EndNote Rec Number||7792|
The population of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) west and southwest of Iceland is concentrated during summer along the edge of the continental shelf from approximately 62”30’-66”N and 24”~3O”W (Rorvik et dl. 1976, Sig- urjonsson 1988). In 1980 a fin whale was tracked by means of 30-MHz radio tags from this area near Iceland to waters off Greenland from 25 June-5 July (Watkins et al. 1984), confirming mixing of whales between the two regions (Sigurjonsson and Gunnlaugsson 1985, Gunnlaugsson and Sigurjdnsson 1989), also indicated in earlier mark/recapture experiments (JBnsson 1965, Riirvik et al. 1976). The sightings and catch data (Sigurjonsson 1995) consistently show a marked drop in abundance of fin whales off Iceland after early August.