Lots of humpback whales are remaining in bays along the Western Antarctic Peninsula to eat krill late into autumn, long after scientists thought their annual migrations would begin.
At the calculated density of 1.75 whales per square kilometer, “if you were to walk to the bridge of a ship and look around, you’d spot two whales within 500 meters of the boat. That’s higher than anyone expected,” says David Johnston of the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.
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