Monday, October 26, 2009

A Journey of Over 2,000 miles!

It was a great way to start the week -- with the discovery that a second tag has popped up all the way down by the Marquesas -- 2,225 nautical miles from where it was tagged!

Because the tag just popped up to the surface this morning, it will be sending us data via satellite for the next week to 10 days. From these data we will be able to create a track where the fish went, and learn about its diving behavior during its travels. Once we have pulled all this information together I'll post a new update about what we've learned.

In the mean time, congratulations go out to the Laguna Niguel Billfish Club, Team 1 who are now in the top spot on the Leader Board! Although we're still just over 90 days into a 180-day race, tags can come off at any time - so we'll keep our eyes peeled and keep you all posted!

Best wishes,


1 comment:

  1. It's hard to imagine a Pacific Blue Marlin, a small one at that, traveling from Hawaii to just south of the Marquesas in 94 days---2,225 miles. What a marathoner!

    Wouldn't it be interesting to know what factors caused this marlin to travel such a great distance. Was it in search of food? Seems hard to believe given the availablity of prey off the Kona coast.

    Hopefully, projects such as the Great Marlin Race will one day provide the answers!