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    practical experience, FTW MaeZe's Avatar
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    Here's another citizen science project, this one involving beluga whales. Might be tricky given not much progress has been made yet.

    Beluga Bits
    Examine underwater photos of wild beluga whales and help us identify the age, sex, and group size. We also need keen eye to look for identifying marks to recognize beluga that return to this location year after year.
    About the research
    So much we don't know
    Hudson Bay is home to more than 50 thousand beluga during the summer! Along the western side of the bay, there are 3 major river estuaries where beluga gather in the thousands. They have spent the winter in waters that are covered in ice and are hundreds of kilometres to the north. When the sea ice melts in the spring each year beluga travel to estuaries but it is not fully clear what benefits they gain in these areas. The estuaries may provide a safe refuge from killer whales, they may provide warmer water to help molt their skin, or it may be a combination of these and other factors. One thing we do know is that in the Churchill River Estuary beluga whales are close enough to peek into their underwater world and ask questions about beluga social structure, interactions with small boats, and their natural history.
    Lots more on the page.
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