Krill and Whales in Antarctica

The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. Adults range in length from 39–52 feet and weigh approximately 79,000 pounds. Like other large whales, the humpback was and is a target for the whaling industry. Due to over-hunting, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks have since partially recovered. There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Scientists have recently observed a super-aggregation of more than 300 humpback whales gorging on the largest swarm of Antarctic krill seen in more than 20 years in bays along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. The sightings, made in waters still largely ice-free deep into austral autumn, suggest the previously little-studied bays are important late-season foraging grounds for the endangered whales. But they also highlight how rapid climate change is affecting the region.
Trackbacks

    Warning: Use of undefined constant type - assumed 'type' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /var/www/html/wp-content/themes/grassland/comments.php on line 30
Comments

    Warning: Use of undefined constant type - assumed 'type' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /var/www/html/wp-content/themes/grassland/comments.php on line 38
Leave a Comment