Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:24

Belugas will tell scientists about the Kara Sea ecology

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Russian specialists will be able to follow the movement of animals through established on their satellite transmitters.


"Information carriers" became one beluga (white whale) and a seal living in the Kara Sea. According to the representative of the Interregional Expeditionary Center (MEC) "Arctic", experiment with beluga whales for the first time, such resource research in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District were not carried out until this year.

Sensors on animals, scientists have found during the expedition, when a group of explorers landed on the island Shakalskogo. "For the first time in the history of the study of the beluga and ringed seal we managed to tag them in one of the Russian Arctic seas. Now, we are following with interest their movements and already know a lot, "- said project coordinator Vera Krasnov. According to her, the researchers looked forward to the results of genetic and toxicological analyzes of biological samples obtained from these animals during the expedition.

The studies were conducted by the Council for Marine Mammals in conjunction with Gydansky State Natural Reserve. Agreement on research in the Kara Sea and the waters of the Gulf of Ob imprisoned now for the production of liquefied natural gas "Yamal LNG".

According to scientists, the white whale is one of the indicator species steady state of the Arctic marine ecosystem. By studying the beluga can diagnose the ecological state of the Arctic seas, according to TASS.

IEH "Artika" was created in 2013 for the study of the Arctic region and in particular for research and expeditions, development of new technologies in Yamalo-Nenets. Center helps scientists in the field phase of the implementation of research projects both at specially equipped stations, and in uninhabited tundra.



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