|A whale, most likely a finwhale, passing by the RRS James Cook|
This makes it very difficult to do something as seemingly simple as to count how many whales there are in the sea. Given the vast expanses of the ocean, covering over two thirds of the Earth, even when they do surface it is very unlikely a ship will be there to see them and take note. So, if we want to study whales, we need a way to see underwater.
|Two whales, one showing a flipper|
SMRU have very kindly lent us one of their detectors which, even now, is strapped to the side of Pelagra P8, heading westwards in an orderly manner, 200m below the surface. Tomorrow morning, P8 is due to pop up and be collected. Hopefully, we will then be lucky enough to hear whale sounds as well as see them.
By Adrian Martin
P.S.: The PELAGRA P8 has been recovered successfully this morning at around 06:00. And we were fortunate enough to find a short recording of a whale calling. (Opens new window - please close to return to this page)