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See these on the beach? NOAA is looking for missing whale tags

research tags used to study large whales (NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary/Twitter)

If you see something unusual wash up on a Massachusetts beach, it might be a missing whale tag.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary tweeted they are missing two research tags used to study large whales.

“The tags could wash ashore anywhere along the MA Coast,” the NOAA tweeted.

They are about six inches, are orange and “look like a toy bug.” They have suction cup feet and antennae on its “head,” NOAA explained. They also shared a picture of the tag on Twitter.

The tags are used to learn about individual whale’s movements and behavior, the website explains. It has cameras, hydrophones and sensors to help track the movements.

“This video captured by a tag gives a little insight into what it is like being a North Atlantic right whale,” the website states, sharing a video that includes a view from the whales back as it swims.

If you find the tag, NOAA asks you email [email protected].


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