Elding's research team
WHALES: RETURNING AFTER WINTER
"It's that time of the year again when the whales that migrated to their breeding grounds over winter to the warmer, sub-tropical waters, will be returning to Iceland. Most of them return one by one and are eagerly awaiting the nutrient rich waters of Iceland to finally feed again after abstaining from food for up to 4 months. Their feeding habits over the summer however allow them to have a thick layer of blubber to live on during this time.
We still need to find out where exactly the humpback whales and minke whales migrate to once they leave Iceland for the winter, if they do at all, as some individuals always choose to stay. With our photography on board our vessels in Reykjavík and Akureyri as well as our collaboration with Flukebook, we are getting our first clues!
At the moment we are joining all our data from Reykjavík and Akureyri and finding more and more humpback whales that seem to like both places:
*Mark Whaleberg: 2016 Reykjavík & 2019 Akureyri
*Nebula: 2016 Reykjavík & 2017 / 2019 Akureyri
*MN16102300: 2016 / April 2019 Reykjavík & June 2019 Akureyri
*MN19042300: April, May 2019 Reykjavík & June 2019 Akureyri
*Jules Verne: 2017 Akureyri & April, June Reykjavík 2019"
Article by head research coordinator Sabrina Voswinkel