Weather Halts Whale Observations

Post by Grisha Tsidulko, IFAW, Russia Office

Piltun lagoon is famous amongst locals for it’s bad weather: fogs, winds and rains. Many locals told us that they ride around in tee shirts, but before reaching the seaside they put on wool hats and warm jackets. For the two days after the photo identification team arrived to the camp, the dense fog precluded both the lighthouse observations and boat surveys.

The fog cleared up today at 16:45 and by 17:30 the photo ID team is working with the first whales. Over the two and half hours the boat team worked with two pods whales, before they have to return home due to weather worsening. Navigation through the channel of Piltun lagoon in the fog might be dangerous and the team rushed back home before fogged in.

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