Site: Palmer Antarctica LTER

Credit: PAL LTER

Humpback whale populations are growing at their biological maximum as they recover from intense  commercial whaling. New cetacean research at PAL LTER shows that humpbacks forage in close proximity to the penguins near Palmer Station, and in similar portions of the water column used by Adélie penguins during critical chick rearing periods. Palmer LTER researchers plan to quantitatively assess whether this observation is an indication of competition between baleen whales and penguins.