Posted by: Team - Bowhead whale | March 11, 2012

Bowhead whales in the computer and in the nature

Due to the weather conditions we are still landlocked, there is still too much ice and there is not getting less. Still we don’t waste our time, we keep recording song and are getting equipment prepared and repaired so that we can expand the sampling. Also, if there should ever be a dull moment I will always have data that need analysis, here a faction of a sequence from a long gone bowhead whale.

Chromatogram of a bowhead whale from 1880 A.D.

And speaking of Bowheads, today I had the experience of seeing my first living Bowhead Whale, it surfaced in open water in an opening exposed by the wind, it was the blow that gave it away, the same thing that whalers used to spot them in these waters, back in the time where they were almost hunted to extinction.

A bowhead whale surfacing in a lead (marked with the arrow). Photo: M. Sinding

In the last few days there has been a harder wind, making more ice movement and we hope that the wind perhaps will clear the water for us. Until then we continue improving acoustic sampling, analyses of data and service equipment.

But I have to say that even though the Ice blocks the sea, it is a very beautiful sight to which I never grow tired.

Qaqqaliaq in beautifully cold weather. Photo: M. Sinding