Cetaceans include some of the largest organisms on the planet which live in a world where there are no physical boundaries to prevent them traveling vast distances. Many whale species travel these great distances from their breeding grounds to their feeding grounds and back with ease, but tracking or monitoring them is not so easy due to the boarders we have put in place. In order to monitor different populations around the world we need to know and understand where they go, for how long they stay, and what they do there.
Marine research is extremely costly and time consuming, yet it is much needed in order to protect marine organisms from the smallest to the largest, the more we know about an animal the more we can do to help protect it.
When the whales come to Tromsø we here at Tromsø Friluftsenter run whale watching tours every single day (weather pending) taking up to 50 guests with us, but we want to set ourselves aside from the rest and become more than just a tour company. For the last two years, we have managed to have a trained marine biologist joining our whale tours, this year however we want to stand out even more by teaming up with Norwergian Orca Survey and Akvaplan Niva.
Our guides pass on all the information to research institutes meaning the researchers can allocate more of their funding and time to analyzing the data instead of collecting it.
When you take part in our tour, take photos of the whales, and if you manage to get some good shots of the Humpback whale tail fluke or the Orcas Dorsal fin we urge you to help us help them by sharing these photos with the researchers at Norwegian Orca ID and Hval ID so they can identify the individuals that are visiting Tromsø this winter.