- CETACEAN RESEARCH
Sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) are currently classified as globally endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to heavy exploitation by commercial whaling operations in the 1900s. Little is understood about the modern-day distribution and ecology of this species worldwide, due to its occurrence in predominantly offshore habitats (making it challenging to study) and the unpredictable fluctuations in its distribution between years.
In the Falkland Islands, Southern Hemisphere sei whales have been increasingly observed in coastal waters since the 1990s, providing a rare opportunity to initiate a field study on the species. Since October 2016, Caroline has worked for Falklands Conservation (FC), implementing several field projects on sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) around the Islands:
The work carried out during the projects to date has included:
The projects have provided the first systematic information on sei whale and southern right whale occurrence in the Falkland Islands, and further fieldwork is planned during 2021. Outputs, including scientific papers, will be listed below as they become available.
For more information about Falklands Conservation please visit the Falklands Conservation website