Hurtigruten Expeditions is strengthening its partnership with the California Ocean Alliance (COA), a research, conservation and education organization, to better understand and protect whales and other marine mammals in Antarctica.
A pilot trial was launched in late 2019 but paused due to the COVID pandemic. Now, as Hurtigruten Expedition’s restarts the 2021/2022 Antarctica season, California Ocean Alliance scientists will be part of several Antarctica sailings on board the MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship.
The team will collect acoustic data to study ambient noise conditions, the myriad sounds that marine animals make, and the influence of human presence on the soundscape.
The research of how different whales behave near humans will allow Hurtigruten Expeditions, and other cruise lines, to adapt to ensure they minimize interference with whales.