Climate change forces Arctic animals to shift feeding habits - study

7 March 2019

Seals and whales in the Arctic are shifting their feeding patterns as climate change alters their habitats, and the way they do so may determine whether they survive, a new study has found.

Researchers harnessed datasets spanning two decades to examine how two species of Arctic wildlife - beluga whales, also known as white whales, and ringed seals - are adapting to their changing habitat.

The research focused on the area around Svalbard - northwest of Norway - which is experiencing rapid impacts from climate change and particularly a "large collapse in sea-ice conditions in 2006 that has continued to the present day," said lead researcher Charmain Hami

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