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Table 2 Rate of message reception and of successful decoding of received messages (in %) calculated for both receiving platforms overall (Motes and Argos satellites), or by location for whales in Southern California (SoCal) or sharks in Hawaii

From: Motes enhance data recovery from satellite-relayed biologgers and can facilitate collaborative research into marine habitat utilization

  Message reception rate (h) Successful message decoding (%)
Mote Argos Mote Argos
Overall 3.9 ± 4.7* 0.8 ± 0.8 93.2 ± 11.7* 64.4 ± 23.2
SoCal 7.1 ± 4.7* 1.2 ± 0.4 86.5 ± 10.4* 56.9 ± 21.6
Hawaii 1.0 ± 3.0* 0.3 ± 0.7 78.7 ± 12.1 68.2 ± 25.1
  1. * Significant differences between Motes and Argos platforms (n = 12 for whales in SoCal and n = 12 for sharks in Hawaii, Wilcoxon rank-sum test)