Decadal shifts in autumn migration timing by Pacific Arctic beluga whales are related to delayed annual sea ice formation

  title={Decadal shifts in autumn migration timing by Pacific Arctic beluga whales are related to delayed annual sea ice formation},
  author={D. Hauser and K. Laidre and K. Stafford and H. Stern and R. Suydam and P. Richard},
  journal={Global Change Biology},
Migrations are often influenced by seasonal environmental gradients that are increasingly being altered by climate change. The consequences of rapid changes in Arctic sea ice have the potential to affect migrations of a number of marine species whose timing is temporally matched to seasonal sea ice cover. This topic has not been investigated for Pacific Arctic beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) that follow matrilineally maintained autumn migrations in the waters around Alaska and Russia. For… Expand

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