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Endangered blue whales recorded off southwest coast of India

Newswise: Endangered blue whales recorded off southwest coast of India

Credit: Divya Panicker/University of Washington

Caption: The Lakshadweep Islands, about 200 kilometers off the west coast of India, have a distinctive culture and ecosystem. The islands’ economy relies mainly on fishing and coconut products, with plans under way to increase tourism.

Credit: Divya Panicker/University of Washington

Caption: Amanullah VP (center) and Sayed Abdullakoya (top) set out the underwater microphone, or hydrophone, off India’s Kavaratti Island.

Credit: Sayed Abdullakoya

Caption: Divya Panicker set out the underwater microphone, or hydrophone, off India’s Kavaratti Island.

Credit: Amanullah VP

Caption: Divya Panicker (right) and Sayed Abdullakoya (left) set out the underwater microphone, or hydrophone, off India’s Kavaratti Island.

Credit: Panicker and Stafford/Marine Mammal Science

Caption: The red star shows where divers placed two underwater microphones, from late 2018 to fall 2019 and from fall 2019 to early 2020, at depths of 11 meters (36 feet) and 29 meters (95 feet), off the southwest Indian coast. The box at the right is a magnified view of the study region. Black dots show where illegal Soviet whaling ships hunted blue whales in the past.

 

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