Dear Madam, dear Mister,
I am a student in zoology at the University of Liège (Ulg, Belgium). This
year is my last study year.
I'm writting you because I have to do a research in ethology. And my subject
is the humpback migration. I have to explain the "mechanism" of this
behavior, how do they find their bearingsand, which methods do the scientist
use to follow them during their travel...
Can you explain me in some words, give me references (on internet) or send
Thank you so much for your help,
Marie-Laurence Dupont, Belgium
ps: I find your research so exciting...!
Dear Marie-Laurence Dupont,
Interesting topic you are working on. There is much published information on
humpback whale migration and on
methodology to study humpback whales in general, which leads me to believe
that this was your first stop for information before doing a library search
on this topic. I, of course, can point you to some literature, but I'm sure
you didn't plan on me doing your whole research topic for you. Once you've
attempted to research your topic more fully, I would be more than happy to
answer some additional specific questions, but general questions like this
have often already been answered in the WhaleNet archives, so you might also
go thru and see if your question hasn't been previously answered.
I suggest that you try to gain access to the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals
which was edited by W.F. Perrin et al. in 2002 and published by Academic
Press. That book talks about migration in general, and also has information
on humpback whales specifically. Peter Corkeron and Richard Connor published
a paper in 1999 "Why do baleen whales migrate?" which was published in the
scientific journal Marine Mammal Science, vol. 15(4):1228-1245. Last, but
not least, I recommend you pick up a copy of "Cetacean Societies: Field
Studies of Dolphins and Whales" which is edited by Janet Mann et al. and
published in 2000. There is a great article in that book by Phillip Clapham
entitled "The humpback whale: seasonal feeding and breeding in a baleen
whale", as well as some other informative articles.
Good luck with your research topic.
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