We want to increase our understanding of the behavioral ecology of male sperm whales. The ecology of males after they leave the breeding grounds at lower latitudes is poorly known compared to the social groups of females and their offspring in the breeding grounds. Whale2Sea is in contact with scientists studying sperm whale males in other parts of the world, such as New Zealand, Alaska, and Japan – this year we hope to establish collaboration with Greenland and Iceland as well.
Long-term photo-ID data forms the baseline of the work, as following the occurrence and behavior of known individuals gives several insights into the ecology of the sperm whales we observe on the feeding grounds off Vesterålen. (Link to the catalog)
In February 2021 Whale2Sea launched a two-year project, funded by the Regional Research Council Nordland, in collaboration with professor Audun Rikardsen from Tromsø University and one of the pioneers in sperm whale research, dr Jonathan Gordon from Marine Ecological Research Ltd UK. The project focuses on the following aspects of sperm whale ecology:
There is also an ongoing plan to start studying the health status of sperm whales observed in the feeding grounds.
Whale2Sea is proud to be part of the frontier in scientific work done on male sperm whales and grateful for the opportunity to give our visitors fascinating insights into the life of the sperm whales we see off Andøya.
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