Migratory animals that live in the Earth’s oceans may have a closer relationship with the sun than we thought, new research has shown that gray whales are almost five times more likely to appear onshore when sunspots spread, and thus higher levels of radio waves emitted by solar storms affect them. The researchers presented these findings at a meeting of the Society for Integrative Biology on the possibility of solar storms affecting migratory whales.
“It is a wonderful discovery,” said Kenneth Lohmann, a biologist who studies the idea of magnetism and how animals discover the Earth’s magnetic field at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“There have been several previous reports linking magnetic storms to whales, but this is a good and convincing analysis,” Lohmann added.
While Jesse Granger, lead researcher and biophysicist at Duke University in North Carolina, said scientists are not sure whether whales use the concept of transport magnetism, but migratory whales such as gray whales are likely to be filtered, because the oceans provide few navigational signals The other.
Gray whales swim from March to June, north of the coast of Baja California, Mexico, to the cold and food-rich waters of the Bering and Chukchi Sea, north Alaska, and make a return trip south starting in November.
Sometimes the paths of a gray whale appear incorrect, and perhaps one possibility is that the whale made a navigational error when something disrupted the Earth’s magnetic field or the whale’s ability to detect it like a solar storm, and scientists were warning: climate change is causing the whales to die, Thus, the possibility of whales dying increases by natural and anthropogenic factors.
But this discovery alone does not explain how sunspots can cause gray whale loss, and although sunspots cause a significant increase in electromagnetic radiation, most of this radiation does not reach the surface of our planet, because this light is blocked or scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere .