Posted by: Team - Bowhead whale | March 20, 2010

Ice-breaking bowhead

Another good field day! There were several bowheads close to Laksebugt and we stayed in this area for most of the day. Unfortunately, the bowheads were very quiet and we only once heard a weak song in the distance. It seemed like they were feeding because they circled around the same spot and we saw several fluke-ups. The BBC team joined us for the whole day. They wanted to film us taking biopsies and luckily we managed twice.

Bowhead close-up. Photo: C. Ilmoni

We were also fortunate to observe for the first time ice-breaking behaviour of a bowhead whale!  It seemed like the whale was lying in the ice and breaking it with its blowhole and back. The ice was ca 8 cm thick and the whale rested there for a while before it disappeared under the ice.

Bowhead breaking the ice. Photo: C. Ilmoni

Bowhead resting in the ice. Photo: C. Ilmoni


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