Date(s) - 13/Feb/2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)
Using Aerial and Underwater Technology to Study the Diet, Feeding Behaviour and Habitat Use of Bowhead Whales in the Eastern Canadian Arctic
Eastern Canada-West Greenland bowhead whales are among the most mysterious large whales in the world, as they inhabit sparsely populated regions of the Canadian Arctic. Consequently, little is known about when and where they feed and on what. Sarah and her collaborators used new technologies to gain insights aerially (drones) and underwater (biologgers and prey sampling) about the primary prey and foraging behaviour of this understudied species. They also used long-term satellite telemetry tags equipped with time-depth recorders to determine where key foraging habitats occurred throughout their range. Using this comprehensive approach, the team made new discoveries about the diet, feeding behaviour and ecology of the species.
Dr. Sarah Fortune is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia where she is studying the foraging ecology of Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales. She completed her PhD thesis on the foraging behaviour and diet of Eastern Canada-West Greenland bowhead whales, and previously completed an MSc on the food requirements and growth of endangered North Atlantic right whales.