This is why long-term science studies matter .. and yet another way new technology is expanding our understanding of the natural world (and our impact on it).
Every spring, a small group of about a dozen gray whales pauses along an epic migration from calving lagoons in Baja California to their feeding grounds in the Arctic. They travel more than 170 miles off their coastal migration route, to stop off in northern Puget Sound. There, they linger from about March through May.
Now scientists think they know why the Sounders, as this beloved group of regulars is known, likes to visit — and hang around.
New research confirms these whales have figured out a brilliant [and daring] feeding strategy.
About a dozen gray whales have figured out a brilliant feeding strategy — they've taught themselves to stop in Puget Sound to fatten up on ghost shrimp. "I was shocked at how quickly they changed shape from a whale that...