Using suction cup mounted cameras, researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, captured rarely seen images of baby humpback whales nursing in the waters off Maui. The whales spend about two months in Hawaii before beginning the roughly 3,000 mile journey to their feeding grounds in Alaska. The baby whales need to put on enough weight to make the journey; their mothers do not eat until they are back in Alaska. “What we are trying to understand with these new technologies is how much time do calves need to nurse from their moms to get strong and big enough to be able to make their journey back up north to their Alaskan feeding grounds.”

 

 

 

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