Varvara's Travels April 1-8, 2012
This week Varvara migrated west from Kayak Island past Kodiak Island to False Pass, which is east of Unimak Pass. Both passes are used by eastern gray whales entering the Bering Sea. Varvara, a western gray whale, came through the Aleutian Islands farther to the west during the easterly portion of her winter migration.

Courtesy of Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute

Map of Varvara's travels to April 1 2012

Credit: This research was conducted by A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IEE RAS) and Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute in collaboration with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, Kronotsky State Nature Biosphere Reserve and the Kamchatka Branch of the Pacific Institute of Geography. The research was contracted through the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with funding from Exxon Neftegas Ltd. and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.

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