Comprehensive whale census is underway

The world's largest animals blue whaleHinlopen, Svalbard,The world's largest animals blue whale.Photo : Jan-Morten Bjørnbakk / NTB scanpix

The IMR whale census, which this year focuses on the Jan Mayen area and the central Norwegian Sea, is underway.

– In making the whale cencus we use visual methods, depending upon usable observation conditions. So far we have not been very lucky with the weather. So far we have seen minke whales, beaked whales, fin whales, humpback whales, sperm whales and killer whales, and when we get west of Jan Mayen, we estimate that we will meet the blue whale,  IMR (IMR) writes.
They use both boats and planes for the whale census, which is made through so-called mosaic method. This means that each year the whale census will be made in different parts of the Northeast Atlantic until all the parts of the ocean have been “covered”.
– After six years, this method will give us complete coverage of all the relevant areas in the Northeast Atlantic. It makes it possible to calculate quotas for minke whale stocks that Norwegian whalers are hunting,  IMR says.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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