polar explorers recorded one of the largest whales

polar explorers recorded one of the largest whales

For the first time, Ukrainian polar explorers documented an encounter with a fin whale – the second largest whale on the planet.

The National Antarctic Science Center announced this on Facebook.

“One of the largest whales in the world visited the water area near our station “Akademik Vernadskyi”! We are talking about a fin whale, a documented meeting with which took place for the first time in all the years of Ukrainian research in the Antarctic. This species of whale is the second largest on the planet. Its length can reach 26 meters, and its weight is 75 tons“, the message says.

It is noted that the meeting took place on March 6 in the Penola Strait near the Argentine Islands (it is to this group that the Galindez Islands belong, where “Vernadsky” is located).

The observation lasted a few minutes, but the polar explorers managed to work with the animal. Biologist of the 28th UAE, Vadym Tkachenko, managed to photograph the giant, as well as take skin and fat samples from it.

Their further laboratory research will help determine the gender of the whale, learn more about its condition and better understand the population structure of this species in the Antarctic.

According to the National Antarctic Science Center, fin whales were practically exterminated in the waters near Antarctica during whaling in the last century. However, in recent years, their population has been intensively restored, and they are returning to the places where they used to live.

“These whales are now regularly found in the northern Antarctic Peninsula and in the Drake Passage. We can expect that registrations of fin whales will soon become regular near our station as well,” the message reads.

We will remind that Ukrainian polar explorers showed a summer night in the Antarctic.

Also, for the first time, Ukrainian polar explorers showed a video of bearded penguins with babies.

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