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Images: What Brings the Food that Brings the Whales?

Welcome to Barrow, Alaska, where Iñupiat people rely on the annual migration of bowhead whales to coastal waters. (Photo by Phil Alatalo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Carin Ashjian, a biologist and fellow of the WHOI Coastal Ocean Institute, updates the Barrow community about the 2005 coastal ocean fieldwork at a public lecture. (Photo by Phil Alatalo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Steve Okkenen from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Phil Alatalo from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution deploy the Acrobat, an instrument towed by the boat to measure water temperature, salinity, and fluorescence. The research team deployed a variety of instruments to examine the oceanic conditions that bring copepods to coastal waters. (Photo by Carin Ashjian, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Following their food, bowhead whales migrate to coastal waters off Barrow, Alaska, in the fall. Will climate change disrupt this ageless rhythm? (Photo by Craig George, North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management)