Beaked whales may frequent a seabed spot marked for mining

Whales may have made their mark on the seafloor in a part of the Pacific Ocean designated for future deep-sea mining.

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Whale grooves on the sea floor.
L. MARSH, V. HUVENNE AND D. JONES/ROY. SOC. OPEN SCIENCE 2018

Carolyn Gramling | 21 August 2018

Whales may have made their mark on the seafloor in a part of the Pacific Ocean designated for future deep-sea mining.

Thousands of grooves found carved into the seabed could be the first evidence that large marine mammals visit this little-explored region, researchers report August 22 in Royal Society Open Science. If deep-diving whales are indeed using the region for foraging or other activities, scientists say, authorities must take that into account when planning how to manage future mining activities.

Read the article here: Beaked whales may frequent a seabed spot marked for mining.