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Expedition finds new humpback breeding ground and sends first deep divers to Amazon Reef

04 / 10 / 2019, Mongabaycom News

A scientific expedition launched by environmental NGO Greenpeace has discovered a new humpback breeding ground off the coast of French Guiana and sent the first-ever deep divers down to the Amazon Reef. A number of marine species, from whales and dolphins to sea turtles and sharks, are known to migrate through the waters off the coast of French Guiana, the same biodiversity-rich waters that harbor the Amazon Reef, which was discovered in 2016. Scientists with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) onboard the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza observed several different species of marine megafauna during the expedition, including Bryde’s Rorquals, false and pygmy killer whales, silky sharks, Melon Head dolphins, and spotted dolphins. The scientists also discovered and documented humpbacks as well as tropical whale species feeding and breeding in the area, which they say is a first. A school of fish in the Amazon Reef. To study marine life in the area, French scientists from the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) are with Greenpeace during the Amazon Reef leg of the Protect the Oceans year-long tour. Photo © Pierre Baelen / Greenpeace. “This expedition confirms that the region is more than a migratory route for some species; for the first time, we have seen tropical whales feeding in this area,” Olivier Van Canneyt, a marine biologist with CNRS, said in a statement. “We also observed humpback whales with their young; their presence confirms that it is also a vital place of breeding and breastfeeding.…This article was originally published on Mongabay

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