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Ocean Health

Investigating Whales and Dolphins of the Norwegian Arctic

Amid spectacular scenery, study the behaviors and needs of arctic whales and dolphins.

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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Through this work, you’ll help contribute to more sustainable environmental policies that will benefit cetaceans and people alike.

Your research will help in the development of guidelines to protect whales and dolphins in northern Norway.

Cetaceans—whales and dolphins—play key roles in marine ecosystems. Their population status indicates the oceans´ health; in other words, studying them gives us a window into how other species and the habitat as a whole are faring.

Interactions between humans and marine mammals in the Norwegian Arctic have been steadily increasing. The oil, gas, and fishing industries—the most important industries in the country—present risks for marine communities, and cetaceans in particular, if not properly managed. Exploring the seabed to look for oil produces loud sounds that can affect the whales’ prey, their feeding success, and their ability to communicate. The high number of fishing boats in the winter, traveling in the dark, increases the possibility of collisions with whales. And as more tourists participate in whale watching, more boats encroach on whale habitat.

Killer Whale, Norway

Observe killer whales and other cetaceans.

On this expedition, you’ll observe and record how sperm, humpback, and killer whales interact with human activities. Through this work, you’ll help contribute to more sustainable environmental policies that will benefit cetaceans and people alike.


About the research area

Andoya Island, Vesterålen, Norway, Europe & Russia

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Iva
Kovacic
Responsible Researcher, Marine Research and Education Fund of Andenes

ABOUT Iva Kovacic

Earthwatch researcher Iva Kovacic leads expeditions to investigate human impacts on whales and dolphins in the waters of northern Norway.

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