Watch: What the world of Antarctic Whales looks like

Scientists have attached cameras on to whales to document their feeding habits, social life and the impact of climate change.

FP Staff April 19, 2017 17:01:49 IST

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.”

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