While whales have long been attraction to everyone for a long period of time, up until now, their daily habits have remained a mystery. However, researchers recently have gained access to habits of whales living in Antarctica thanks to a project which placed digital tags — containing sensors and a camera — on minke and humpback whales.
The research project is a collaboration between World Wildlife Fund and Oregon state university and has provided pretty interesting glimpse into the lives of the mammals. Talking about the research, lead scientist Ari Friedlaender, an ecologist at Oregon State University, said in a statement. “We have been able to show that whales spend a great deal of time during the days socializing and resting and then feeding largely throughout the evening and night time. Every time we deploy a tag or collect a sample, we learn something new about whales in the Antarctic.”
“Once we have an idea about where the whales feed, how often, where they go and rest, we can use this to inform policy and management to protect these whales and their ecosystem.”
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the new study offers insight into whales’ habits and their effects on the ecology. In addition to that, the footage and data gathered from the project might just open up new areas to consider based on how the ever increasing global warming is affecting the species. However, the scientists are still analyzing the data and we will learn more about the findings in the coming weeks.
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