Helping Humpbacks

Helping Humpbacks Photo

In the waters off the coast of Gabon, a humpback whale lunge-feeds in the near vicinity of an offshore oil platform. Recently, scientists from WCS and other organizations used satellite tags to track the movements of more than a dozen humpbacks as they traveled between breeding areas off western Africa and distant feeding grounds in sub-Antarctic waters. The research showed how often the whales came in contact with offshore oil rigs, major shipping routes, and potentially harmful toxicants.

“Throughout numerous coastal and offshore areas, important whale habitats and migration routes are increasingly overlapping with industrial development, a scenario we have quantified for the first time in the eastern South Atlantic,” said Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Director of WCS’s Ocean Giants Program.

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Tim Collins ©WCS

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