Mon, 8 February 2021
You might have seen a visualization that is circulating around the internet of a Blue Whale feeding within Northern Patagonia, Chile in a sea of ship traffic. The Blue Whale is rebounding over and over again as it confronts ships throughout the 7-day period of the visualization.
The visualization is a snapshot from March, 2019 of what blue whales face every year as they visit the area to feed and care for their calves. The massive whales can encounter more than 700 ships, where most of the ships are from the aquaculture industry bringing staff and supplies to their posts and back.
The visualization paints a dark picture of what Blue Whales encounter but provides evidence for conservation action within the area during the Blue Whale season. Conservation action in the form of shipping lanes and seasonal closures would be a start to protect Blue Whales and their young.
Link to article: https://www.livescience.com/whale-stress-animation.html
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Category:Blue Whales -- posted at: 12:00am EDT