Tracking industrial anthropogenic impacts on the BCB bowhead whale
population is important for a number of reasons.
In addition, the response of bowhead whales
, Balaena mysticetus, and possibly other cetaceans to these anthropogenic disturbances varies with behavioral activity (Beale and Monaghan, 2004; Ellison et al.
The assumption that Arctic sea ice has separated bowhead whale
populations over the past several thousand years is contradicted by the genetic analysis, which indicates that significant migration between Atlantic and Pacific populations has recently taken place," said Dr.
Eavesdropping on bowhead whale
calls is a much more effective approach: It does not rely on good weather or adequate light and can continue for weeks to months.
Debby Edwardson gives a beautiful account of how the Inupiat people link their survival and spirituality to the bowhead whale
Still, despite widespread reverence for these kings of the sea, species' numbers, such as those of the bowhead whale
, are cause for concern in some areas.
Walrus and bowhead whale
populations were being depleted by heavy hunting in the Sound and the caribou were nearly extinct.
The Point Hope dancers performed short solo and duet pieces, dressed in white (for snow) and black (for the bowhead whale
, which forms the base of their economy).
Many whales on the Endangered Species list inhabit these marine ecosystems, including the northern right whale (Balaena glacialis), bowhead whale
(Balaena mysticetus), and humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), as well as one marine reptile, the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).
However, in most of these areas, as well as in parts of the central Canadian Arctic, the bowhead whale
was the most highly prized game species, and traditionally accounted for the vast majority of the large cetacean harvest (see, e.
Commercial whalers almost wiped out the bowhead whale
population in the eastern Arctic, but Inuit learned this week they may soon harvest one of the remaining few.
The workings there represent the latest stage of a process of exploitation which began with the whalers who reached the Atlantic Arctic in the sixteenth century, and by 1900 had almost exterminated the bowhead whale
VANCOUVER ISLAND, British Columbia -- Award-winning filmmaker Adam Ravetch launches ON THIN ICE, a search for the Bowhead whale
, a giant that can live over 200 years, in the extreme cold of the Arctic
A small number of bowhead whale
calls (Balaena mysticetus) were detected during fall 2013 and spring and summer 2014.
The former vertebrate record-holder was a bowhead whale
estimated to be 211 years old.