Lança Retinida Pneumático ARTS Marcação de Baleias para Telemetria Satelital

ARTS Whale Tagger

Telemetry Studies – Large Scale Migration

The ARTS (Air Rocket Transmitting System) is widely used especially in telemetry studies where satellite tags have been deployed to a number of different whale species; blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, minke whales, sperm whales and killer whales.

New projects adapt their own deployment carrier for specific tags, or they consult the firm of Lars Kleivane, LKARTS-Norway, to adapt their tags for deployments with the ARTS system*. At present satellite tags from Wildlife Computers, Telonics and Sirtrack have been deployed with the ARTS system.

Small to Semi Scale Behavior Studies

In studies involved in fine scale mapping of behavior, the instruments in use are mostly data-loggers and vhf tags, where the tags are attached to the whale for shorter periods from hours to some few days.

 A variety of sensor packages exist on the marked, and at present VHF tags (ATS), VHF/TDR tags (ATS, WC, Star-Oddi), CTAGs (LKARTS-Norway), and more sophisticated sensor packages like DTAGs (WHOI), have been deployed with the ARTS system. 

New projects adapt their own deployment carrier for specific tags, or they consult the firm of Lars Kleivane, LKARTS-Norway, to adapt their tags for deployments with the ARTS system*.

Biopsy System

LKARTS-Norway has developed a biopsy dart enabling full profile biopsy samples. 

Using the LKDart and biopsy tips from Finn Larsen (CetaDart, DK), the ARTS is operational up to 35m.

You may consult the firm of Lars Kleivane, LKARTS-Norway, for more information.