OPERATION DIVINA GUADALUPE VI – PROTECTING OUR OCEANS THROUGH SCIENCE

OPERATION DIVINA GUADALUPE VI – PROTECTING OUR OCEANS THROUGH SCIENCE


In October 2019, Sea Shepherd embarked on Operation Divina Guadalupe VI Guadalupe Island is an oceanic island of volcanic origin it is a place of conservation, a Biosphere Reserve that was created in 2005 It’s so rare to have a habitat like this where you can encounter beaked whales almost every day that’s very special Guadalupe is this very rich environment and everyone knows it for the white sharks and the fur seals but not much is known about the cetaceans The Cuvier’s beaked whale is the mammal that stays the longest underwater, staying up to 2 hours without breathing, and they dive up to 3000 meters deep Beaked whales are known to be susceptible to anthropogenic noise they have beach strandings correlated to military sonars Most people have heard about whales stranding on beaches, mass strandings and often that tends to be a species of beaked whale and so to be able to study an animal like that in a habitat like this where there isn’t sonar it can tell us a lot about the natural ecology of these animals My role in this project this season has been to recover the HARP so it’s an acoustic device that sits down on the sea floor and it records sounds continuously 24/7 We came back this season and recovered the HARP from last year and then we re-deployed it the very next day We now have a full year of acoustic data that is going to tell us more about the movement of beaked whales and other cetaceans in the area The scientists we are collaborating with for Operation Divina Guadalupe have been studying these animals for over ten years Since we started the project in 2006, we have photo-identified more than 90 individuals so it can tell us the natural story of each individual for example, there are individuals we thought were young males and we learned now have a calf For us as scientists, it is very important to join forces with organizations that protect the environment so that they can be translators of our information and share with everyone what is happening around the world so we can do something, we can act upon it Guadalupe is a very special place, it still feels wild and it is really important to study places like this and its animals, it is key that we conserve and we protect these resources working with the Biosphere Reserve and working with Sea Shepherd is a way to accomplish that.

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  1. Me encanta que hablen en español así puedo entender aún más y me enamora aún más si trabajo. ❤️😍🤩👌🏼

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