Whale Observations Delayed by Weather
Post by Grisha Tsidulko, IFAW, Russia Office
The weather yesterday was not as favorable as the day before. During two scans, only once was the Western gray whale observed. At the very beginning of the feeding season whales arrive to the area and then start feeding and disperse. The low numbers of whales early June may well be a result of natural factors, or could be caused by anthropogenic activities.
Today the weather allowed 3 scans of the study area. A few whales were observed at each scan, but the numbers remained low. The wind has picked up, which ended the observations for the day.