The recently named ‘Ellie’ the porbeagle has just surfaced on the shelf edge in the Bay of Biscay. She hadn’t surfaced since the 2nd of December so it is great to see that she is still doing well. Its likely that she has been feeding in the deep water off the continental shelf for the past few weeks. Hopefully she’ll stay near the surface for a while and give us some nice positions fixes. Luckily Ellie also has a PAT attached to her so when that pops off in a few months we will be able to see where she has been when not at the surface.
Our other SPOT tagged porbeagle ‘Shannon’ hasn’t given us a position fix since early October so we are not sure if her SPOT tag is still functioning correctly. Luckily though her PAT tag is still attached so she is still gathering important data. Likewise ‘Alex’, ‘Charlie’ and ‘Sharon’ are all still swimming free and gathering some interesting data in their PAT tags. Some exciting reports to come in the near future.