Fin Whales geotagging in Lampedusa
(and other stories)

Fin whales, the second largest animal on the planet after blue whales, are represented in the Mediterranean by a resident population separated from the Atlantic.
Fin whales that live in the oceans are known to undergo seasonal migrations between the tropics and high-latitude waters spanning thousands of km.
By contrast, movements of the population of fin whales residing in the Mediterranean are still mostly unknown. During summer, Mediterranean whales congregate in large numbers to feed in the Pelagos Sanctuary in the northwestern Mediterranean, the region’s largest marine protected area designated by France, Italy and Monaco to protect marine mammals. However, their destination during the rest of the year is still a matter of debate. Whales are also known to frequent other parts of the Mediterranean, including the waters near Gibraltar as well as the eastern basin, but their relationship to the whales found in the Pelagos Sanctuary remains unclear.
One of the earliest line transect cetacean survey in the Mediterranean revealed the presence of >900 fin whales in the Pelagos Sanctuary in 1992.
Genetic analyses performed on minute skin samples remotely collected conclusively indicated that Ligurian Sea fin whales are genetically different from their North Atlantic conspecifics.
Through the application by means of suction cups of velocity time-depth-recorders. Depths of at least 470 m were registered, providing evidence of deep diving performances by fin whales in the Mediterranean Sea, never directly recorded for any other species of baleen whales elsewhere.

https://www.tethys.org/activities-overview/research/fin-whales/

The Krill

Krill are small crustaceans of the order Euphausiacea. Krill is the main prey of whales. (Lampedusa, 2017)

Krill are small crustaceans of the order Euphausiacea. Krill is the main prey of whales. (Lampedusa, 2017)

Tethys Team

Giancarlo Lauriano (ISPRA Researcher). (Lampedusa, 2017)

Nino Pierantonio (Tethys Associated Researcher), Simone Panigada (Tethys President), Giancarlo Lauriano (ISPRA). (Lampedusa, 2017(

Simone Panigada (Tehtys) setting up sat tag. (Lampedusa, 2017)

Low Impact Minimally Percutaneous Electronic Transmitter (LIMPET).  (Lampedusa, 2017)

LIMPET Crossbow.  (Lampedusa, 2017)

LIMPET Crossbow.  (Lampedusa, 2017)

Drone Survey.  (Lampedusa, 2017)

Drone Survey. (Lampedusa, 2017)

Firsts Sights

A Fin Whale in front of Lampedusa Island. (Lampedusa, 2017/

Fin Whale blow 5/7 times in quick succession- On their terminal (last) dive they arch their back high out of the water, but rarely raise their flukes  out of the water. They then dive to depths of up to 470 metres. (Lampedusa, 2017)

Bad weather

 Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

 Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

 Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

 Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

 Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

Big waves in a stormy weather make harder sight the whales. (Lampedusa 2018)

Whales again

 Two Fin Whale Blow. (Lampedusa, 2018)

Two Fin Whale Blow. (Lampedusa, 2018)

 A Fin Whale Blow. (Lampedusa, 2018)

A Fin Whale Blow. (Lampedusa, 2018)

 A Fin Whale  (Lampedusa, 2018)

A Fin Whale  (Lampedusa, 2018)

Planktonic World

Pterotrachea scutata. (Lampedusa, 2017)

Pterotrachea scutata. (Lampedusa, 2017)

 Salpa Maxima (Lampedusa 2018)

Salpa Maxima (Lampedusa 2018)

 Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

 Salpa Maxima  (Lampedusa 2018)

Salpa Maxima  (Lampedusa 2018)

 Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

 Cestum Veneris (Lampedusa 2018)

Cestum Veneris (Lampedusa 2018)

 Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

 Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

Ctenophora (Lampedusa 2018)

 Salpa Maxima (Lampedusa 2018)

Salpa Maxima (Lampedusa 2018)

Baitfish, Dolphins, Tunas, Turtles and Shearwaters

Common Dolphins (Lampedusa, 2017)

Common Dolphins (Lampedusa, 2017)

 A documentarist filming a wounded loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) (Lampedusa 2018)

A documentarist filming a wounded loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) (Lampedusa 2018)

 a wounded loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) (Lampedusa 2018)

a wounded loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) (Lampedusa 2018)

 Common Dolphins (Lampedusa 2018)

Common Dolphins (Lampedusa 2018)

Common Dolphin (Lampedusa, 2017)

 Common Dolphins (Lampedusa 2018)

Common Dolphins (Lampedusa 2018)

 Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

 Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

 Scopoli's Shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

Scopoli's Shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

 Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

 Scopoli's Shearwaters  (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

Scopoli's Shearwaters  (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

 Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

 Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) (Lampedusa 2018)

 Sardinella Aurita Bait Ball hunted by a common dolphin and shearwaters (Lampedusa 2018)

Sardinella Aurita Bait Ball hunted by a common dolphin and shearwaters (Lampedusa 2018)

 Sarindella Aurita Bait Ball, command dolphin and a yellowfin tuna (Lampedusa 2018)

Sarindella Aurita Bait Ball, command dolphin and a yellowfin tuna (Lampedusa 2018)

 Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

 Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

 Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

 A documentarist while filming Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

A documentarist while filming Common Dolphins hunting Sardinella Aurita (Lampedusa 2018)

The Whales

A fIn whale (Balaenoptera physalus)  while filming a documentary , Sicily, Italy. 2017

A fIn whale (Balaenoptera physalus) submersing looking for food near Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy. 2017

A fIn whale (Balaenoptera physalus) plunging  near Lampedusa.  It is the second largest animal after the blue whale. The largest reportedly grow to 27.3m. Sicily, Italy. 2017

A fIn whale (Balaenoptera physalus) plunging near Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy. 2017