Gazprom Neft is launching a new project to study and support the narwhal population – the sea unicorn of the Russian Arctic. This was announced by the head of the company Alexander Dyukov at a meeting of the Russian Geographical Society (RGO), reports Interfax…
“We decided to implement another major project to study a very rare Arctic animal – the narwhal or sea unicorn, as it is often called. We know a little about this unique animal, “he said.
“Within the framework of this project, the task is to assess the current state of the narwhal population in the western sector of the Russian Arctic, update the data on population and habitat and, of course, develop a set of measures to preserve the narwhal and its habitat,” added Dyukov.
The narwhal will be studied using Russian icebreakers and the national satellite navigation system GLONASS.
Gazprom Neft intends to organize an expedition to the northeastern part of the Barents and Kara Seas with the help of an ice-class research vessel. During the expedition bioacoustic studies will be conducted, environmental parameters will be measured and several individuals of this rare species will be tagged with the help of satellite transmitters that allow tracking the migration of animals.
Based on the results of the research, a distribution map will be drawn up, a detailed scientific report will be generated and measures will be proposed to preserve the population of this rare animal. Gazprom Neft also plans to use its Arctic fleet and helicopters to collect data on the narwhal.
Source: Maritime News of Russia