Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans Pole to Pole

When diving animals help us to observe the oceans

Over 800,000 vertical profiles of Temperature and Salinity have been collected since 2004 in the World Ocean by attaching tags on marine mammals, such as Southern elephant seals.

In this website, you will find information about the marine mammal tagging programs, and an access point to the publicly available databases.

Please let us know if you are using our data. You can contact us by mail to if you have any question.

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Australia IMOS

Deployment sites: Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, Kerguelen Island (coll. with C. Guinet), Davis station, Casey station, McMurdo Station Ross Sea (coll with J Burns, University of Alaska)

Supporting institution: the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)

Actors: Robert Harcourt (Macquarie University, Sydney), Clive McMahon (IMOS, Sydney Institute of Marine Science), Mark Hindell, Mary-Anne Lea and Guy Williams (IMAS, University of Tasmania), John Arnould (Deakin University), Simon Goldsworthly (South Australian Research and Development Institute)