Following on from this, and with funding support from the RSPB, studies were expanded to include candidate KBAs in West Falkland.
Six weeks of summer fieldwork was carried out and many aspects of sei whale behaviour, abundance, and genetics were investigated as part of a number of ongoing projects.
Spatial data informed the assessment of the cKBAs, our whale photo-identification catalogue was expanded, and drones were trialled as a research method.
Information on sex ratios, genetic distribution, and feeding ecology should all be possible through a genetic sampling project which collected samples from live whales, under FIG licence, and from stranded animals and historic bones.
This special analysis will be conducted by BAS in the United Kingdom.