Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World

Todd McLeish has posted an article that highlights some of the threats to Narhwals that he discussed at length in his new book, Narhwals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World. Check out his post from University of Washington Press.

University of Washington Press Blog

September marks the start of narwhal migration season, but this fragile species is facing new challenges posed by global warming, commercial fishing, and seismic testing. Here Todd McLeish, author ofNarhwals: Arctic Whales in a Melting Worlddetails some of the perilous new threats this endangered marine mammal faces in its annual move to warmer waters.

Mid-September is the beginning of migration season for nearly the entire population of 80,000 narwhals that spend the summer in the bays and fjords of the High Arctic islands of eastern Canada and the west coast of Greenland. After spending the ice-free months of July, August, and early September traveling in large groups, raising their calves, and eating next to nothing, they are beginning their slow journey to the southern end of Baffin Bay. They will be forced south for several hundred miles, keeping ahead of the southward expansion of sea ice until…

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