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Whale of a mission for Banavie scientists in icy South Atlantic

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THE ICY waters of the South Atlantic can be some of the most inhospitable and dangerous seas on the planet, but an eight-strong team of whale researchers, half of who have Fort William connections, is currently aboard a survey sailing vessel braving these hostile waters off South Georgia.

The international team, led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), is carrying out the first scientific whale survey since whaling stopped in the area in the 1970s.

The target of the five-week expedition is the region’s southern right whale populations which were decimated after nearly 300 years of hunting in the South Atlantic.

The team of eight researchers and three crew are aboard the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) research vessel Song of the Whale to investigate the health of the animals in their feeding grounds.

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