Around the world, researchers are working to assess how the coronavirus pandemic may have changed whale populations. The reduction in human activity, including navigation by large and small vessels, reduced the level of noise in the oceans and the fishing net, as well as the risk of whale collisions with ships. And how will the Brazilian humpback whale population be in this atypical year?
In order to have a more comprehensive view and, in addition to collecting scientific information, to check on the spot the situation of whale watching tour operators who are developing operational protocols for the eventual safe resumption of activities, the Humpback Whale Project started the Expedition this week Between Whales and Dolphins, which will travel about 1000 miles in the region between Praia do Forte (BA) and Vitória (ES).
Along the way, the team of researchers will assess the distribution and behavior of the humpbacks, especially in the known concentrations of the species close to the Project’s operational bases (Praia do Forte – northern coast of Bahia; Caravelas – Banco dos Abrolhos; and Vitória ), gathering information that can help to understand possible changes caused by the pandemic situation.
In the first leg of the Expedition between Praia do Forte and Salvador, portrayed in this short video, about 60 whales were seen, of which 20 young, an excellent start to the job!
The expedition will also produce a documentary “Between Whales and Dolphins” about this atypical season of whales (and people) off the Brazilian coast.
In order to guarantee full time interaction with the press, followers and the entire community that is interested in the project, a partnership was established with USE Telecom, one of the largest operators in the mobile internet sector in the country. A 4G + mobile internet system will be made available, in addition to cell phone chips, enabling the sharing of information in real time.
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