22 Oct '11, 3pm

Discovering New Information about Narwhals with Satellite Tracking

Discovering New Information about Narwhals with Satellite Tracking

© Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Stock / WWF-Canada WWF and partners are supporting a project to track narwhals, Arctic whales best known for the long tusk that sticks out from their faces. There are 50,000-80,000 narwhals in the world, with more than two-thirds of the population summering in the fjords and inlets of northern Nunavut, Canada. Nine narwhals were fitted with satellite tracking devices in August 2011. Their movements are monitored as they swim around Baffin Bay, part of the Nunavut territory. Little is known about these whales, but the project is expected to provide: information about their habits as they go about their annual feeding and reproductive routines new data on how narwhals and other ice dwelling animals can adapt to a changing Arctic environment We know the sea ice is shrinking , so findings from the project will be paired with existing knowledg...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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