Collaboration between Polar Expedition Cruise specialist – One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) – and acclaimed marine mammal biologists and scientists leads to significant information on Antarctic whale behaviour that can help to protect fragile polar ecosystems. Australian and US scientists, including Dr. Ari Friedlaender OOE’s leading marine mammal biologist on Antarctic whale scientific research, were recently conducting field-work off the Antarctic Peninsula. With drone technology the team of experts were able to capture ground-breaking insights on the feeding behaviour of whales
The team of scientists attached non-invasive suction cup camera tags with 3D motion sensors, which fall off approximately 24 to 48 hours later. Upon retrieving the devices, the researchers were able to study the recordings showing the feeding behaviour of the humpback whales, including lunge feeding into the abundant tight swarms of krill found in the Antarctic Ocean at this time of the year. Not only did it show footage, but it also recorded their exact movements and the depths of each dive.
The data captured by the cameras will not only help scientists to understand the feeding patterns, social habits and the role played by whales in the Antarctic ecosystem, it will also help them to determine how any change in krill populations might affect these magnificent creatures. Through this understanding the researchers will be in a position to establish measures to help protect the whales’ environment.
One Ocean Expeditions is committed to supporting ongoing ethical science and outreach programs with opportunities available to accredited institutions on each voyage. A leader in polar expedition cruising, One Ocean Expeditions operates voyages to the Antarctic from end October through to March. On several of the cruises guests have the opportunity to get to know the scientists and to be educated on leading-edge research initiatives – an important part of the One Ocean Expeditions cruise program, which differentiates the company in the growing competitive cruise market.
To view the spectacular drone footage please visit: http://discover.oneoceanexpeditions.com/antarctic-whale/ *Permit number for drone: ACA Permit 2016-024, 2017-034
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