UNH-led Team Finds that Humpback Whales in the Southern Gulf of Maine Prefer to Feed on the Ocean Floor

UNH-led Team Finds that Humpback Whales in the Southern Gulf of Maine Prefer to Feed on the Ocean Floor

Nov 08, 2013

Collaborative research led by professor of data visualization Colin Ware of UNH’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping has found that humpback whales in the southern Gulf of Maine feed on the ocean bottom more often than humpbacks in other regions, putting the Northeastern whales at increased risk for entanglement in bottom-set gear such as those used in lobster traps.

UNH scientists and thier collaborators, including David Wiley of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Ari Friedlaender of Duke University Marine Laboratory and Pratt School of Engineering, gathered data from 52 humpback whales in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Great South Channel near Cape Cod, Mass.

Funding for the project was provided by the Office of Naval Research (ONR N0014091601 for TrackPlot development and N00014-08-
0630 for field work and analysis), NOAA (NA05NOS4001153), the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

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