Three right whales skim feed together in Cape Cod Bay. Details in this post. (Photo: Amy Knowlton/NEAq)
Essentially, researchers have two objectives
- To see whether whales have the visual ability to see the ropes and fishing gear they are becoming entangled in
- To figure out if there is a way to make the rope more visible to a right whale to avoid entanglements altogether.
Video still of right whales feeding off the coast of Cape Cod.
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The experiment is being headed by Vice President of Research Dr. Scott Kraus, who runs the Right Whale Research Project at the Aquarium and is also known for his work co-editing the Urban Whale: North Atlantic Right Whales at the Crossroads with Aquarium Senior Scientist Dr. Rosalind Rolland. Also participating in the experiment are researchers Dr. Amy Knowlton, Marilyn Marx, Marianna Hagbloom and Monica Zani.