Melting sea ice helping predators hunt for longer in Arctic waters
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Melting sea ice is allowing killer whales to hunt for longer in Arctic waters.
Data collected by the University of Washington has found that as the area of sea ice gets smaller, killer whales hang around more.
The melting sea ice means more open water, which in turn means fewer places for the killer whales’ prey – such as endangered bowhead whales – to hide.
Too many of one species being preyed on by another could lead to an imbalance in the local ecosystem, which would have a negative effect on all other species living in that habitat.
The research team used underwater sound data to track whales over an eight-year period.
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