Tracking Narwhals in Greenland

Posted on August 18, 2006  Comments (0)

photo of Narwal pod

Tracking Narwhals in Greenland:

From August 2006 to March 2007, scientists from the University of Washington and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources will instrument 8-10 narwhals with satellite-linked time-depth-temperature recorders to track whale movements, diving behavior, and ocean temperature structure in Baffin Bay. The instruments will collect water column temperature profiles in the pack ice to more than 1500 meters in depth when narwhals make a fall migration from north Greenland to their wintering grounds in Baffin Bay. Narwhals have never been observed or studied in their winter habitat in central Baffin Bay due to dense ice cover, offshore location, and logistics, so this is a very exciting opportunity for all participants.

A collection of inquiry-and National Science Education Standards-based lessons plans for grades 5-12 that have been specifically designed for this expedition..

Narwhal whales (Monodon monoceros) have been called the unicorn whale due to the tooth that grows strait out from their head up to 8 feet. More information via NOAA also see: A Whale’s Amazing Tooth.

photo: A pod of narwhals from northern Canada, August 2005 – larger

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