Survey of whales to be conducted on Grand Banks shelf edge

Staff ~ The Telegram
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A group of self-funded researchers are heading to the southern Grand Banks shelf edge Thursday from St. John's for a two-week field survey of whales.
The survey is being spearheaded by MICS (Mingan Island Cetacean Study), a non-profit research organization dedicated to the ecological studies of marine mammals with the support of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
MICS founder, Richard Sears is a worldwide expert on blue whales.
According to a news release, the survey is hoped to locate endangered blue and right whales, in addition to other marine mammals, to determine population parameters through line transect and individual photo-identification, as well as genetic, toxicological and acoustics data collection.
Sears has more than 35 years of marine mammal research in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, off Greenland, Iceland and the Azores. He has gathered a comprehensive database concerning blue whales in the Northern Atlantic.

Organizations: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Geographic location: St. John's, Mingan Island, Greenland Iceland Azores Northern Atlantic

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