Cetacean Transdermal

Transdermal cetacean tags are deployed either using a pneumatic air gun or a long fiberglass pole. The tag electronics are cast in epoxy then encased in a stainless steel housing for robustness. Etched rings on the housings provide a visual means to measure the amount of tag migration out of the whale. A “stop plate” at the distal end of the tag limits the depth of the implant. A variety of different stop plate styles are available.

Cetacean Transdermal
ModelTrackingSensorsSensor Data ArchiveTransmitted Data ProductsLife (days)L x W x H (mm)Weight (g)
Time SeriesDive BehaviorHaulout BehaviorTemperatureMortality
HistosProfiles
SPOT-177
ArgosTemp300114 x 20185
SPOT-193
ArgosTemp550172 x 22200
SPOT-303
ArgosTemp, Light550300 x 24390
SPLASH10-302
ArgosDepth, Temp, Light190300 x 24390
ModelTrackingSensorsSensor Data ArchiveTransmitted Data ProductsLife (days)L x W x H (mm)Weight (g)
Time SeriesDive BehaviorHaulout BehaviorTemperatureMortality
HistosProfiles

Life estimates rely on battery variability, temperature, power settings, features utilized, etc. Life estimates are calculated using manufacturers’ specifications and assumes 250 transmissions per day and, where applicable, 24 Fastloc® acquisitions per day. It is important to note that when tagging cetaceans, deployment length is typically limited by tag retention rather than battery capacity.

Most SPLASH tags come in a 10 (does not contain Fastloc) or BF (does not contain depth) version. Ask your technical sales consultant which tag best meets your research goals.

This is a small representation of our available tags. Tag features and specifications subject to change without notice.

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