Posted by: The ocean update | January 6, 2016

Ice may threaten whales in Bonne bay (Newfoundland, Canada)

jump-humpback-whaleWednesday, January 6th, 2016. A number of large whales have been calling Bonne Bay home for the last few weeks. The whales, including fins, humpbacks and minkes have been feeding in the area since early December.   

Dr. Jack Lawson, marine mammal expert with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, says the animals appear to be feeding on herring and mackerel which are spawning in the region. Lawson says while the creatures are a treat for local residents, they could be in peril if they linger too long.

He says sea surface temperatures in the area are colder than normal, and if the whales stay in Bonne Bay, which is enclosed, they could become trapped when the ice starts moving down the coast.

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