A new study by the World Wildlife Federation Australia is documenting the lives of Minke and Humpback Whales in the Southern Ocean. Scientists have attached digital tags with suction cups on to the whales to monitor their behaviour and movements. The whales face threats from climate change and the increase in krill fishing in the Antarctic.
Dr Ari Friedlaender, marine ecologist from the Oregon State University said, “Non-invasive tags remain on the whales for 24 hours. They provide us with both video and sensor data, helping us understand where the animals go, when and how often they feed and how they interact with their environment and other animals. This provides volumes of information that we can share to promote education, conservation and protection of whales and the most remote, unique and beautiful wilderness on the planet, Antarctica.”
Published Date: Apr 19, 2017 05:01 pm | Updated Date: Apr 19, 2017 05:12 pm