Greenland Right Whale

Updated 2001-04-10

The ecology of the Greenland Right Whale is studied using the historical information from written sources from Dutch archives. The Spitsbergen and Davis Strait populations of the Greenland Right Whale were so heavily hunted that they are almost exterminated now in the northern waters. The whale bones on the beaches of Arctic islands are the archaeological evidences of this exhausting hunt. Very often whaling logbooks, crew statements and lists of catch figures are the only sources of information preserved of this animal in these regions. In this project recent biological information of the animal in the seas around Alaska and historical information of the whale in the North Atlantic and Davis Strait is used to reconstruct the migration, distribution and ecological behaviour of the Greenland Right Whale in the North Atlantic Ocean.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
not specified
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
L. Hacquebord
Address
Arctic Centre University of Groningen P.O. Box 716 9700 AS Groningen Netherlands
Phone
+31 50 3636834
Fax
+31 50 3634900
Email
ln.gur.tel@drobeuqcah.l
Other project contacts
Visiting address: Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26 Groningen

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Marine mammals

Geography

Regions studied
Alaska
Arctic Ocean
Arctic Seas
Canadia, Arctic Islands
Svalbard

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
no
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
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