Short Communication: First-documented humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) photo-identification match and round-trip migration between Iceland and the Turks and Caicos Islands

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Cathy E. Bacon
Katharine A. Hart
Ted Cheeseman
Lee Munson
Marianne H. Rasmussen
Valerie Chosson
Charla J. Basran


In the North Atlantic, some humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) from the Icelandic feeding grounds are known to migrate to the breeding grounds in the West Indies. The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are historically considered part of the larger breeding range; however, very little humpback whale data has been reported for TCI and there have been no previously confirmed matches or round‐trip migrations to the Icelandic feeding grounds. Here, we present the first documented photo‐identification match and round‐trip migration of a humpback whale between Iceland and the TCI.

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