La Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin est une aire marine protégée de 30km2 située au nord-est de l’île de Saint-Martin. Créé en 1998, cet espace préserve les cinq principaux écosystèmes de l’île : récifs coralliens, mangroves, herbiers de phanérogames, étangs et forêt sèche littorale. La Réserve gère également les 14 étangs du Conservatoire du littoral et ses 11 km de rivages terrestres naturels.

Humpback Whales Satelllite Tracking

Humpback Whales Satelllite Tracking

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Where do humpback whales that frequent the waters of the northern Lesser Antilles from January to June come from? What do they do in these waters? Are sperm whales which also frequent these waters from the same groups present in Guadeloupe and Dominica? Are these waters also a nursery for this species?
The scientific mission MEGARA will attempt to answer these questions during a campaign at sea which will take place from March 24 to April 3, 2014 in the northern Lesser Antilles, focusing on the AGOA sanctuary. The goal of this campaign is to deploy Argos satellite tags on humpback whales and collect biopsies from this species and from sperm whales.

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