Whalers Bay (Svalbard)

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Whaler's Bay is located where the word Svalbard is written in this figure.

Whaler's Bay is a bay in Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean.

The former whaling grounds to the north of Nordaustlandet (roughly 81°N 10°E / 81°N 10°E / 81; 10 (Whaler's Bay, Arctic Ocean)), the second largest island of the Svalbard archipelago are called Whaler's Bay and the bowhead whale has been abundant in this region.[1] The West Spitsbergen Current (WSC) transports salt and internal energy through Fram Strait into Whaler's bay. Oceanographic field-studies suggest that the waters on the surface are mainly influenced by atmospheric cooling.[2] Other studies claim that the warm temperature correlates with the sea ice extent in this area.[3]


  1. ^ Wiig, Øystein; Bachmann, Lutz; Janik, Vincent M.; Kovacs, Kit M.; Lydersen, Christian (1 July 2007). "SPITSBERGEN BOWHEAD WHALES REVISITED" (PDF). Marine Mammal Science. 23 (3): 688–693. doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2007.02373.x. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. ^ Sirevaag, Anders; Fer, Ilker (1 December 2009). "Early Spring Oceanic Heat Fluxes and Mixing Observed from Drift Stations North of Svalbard*". Journal of Physical Oceanography. 39 (12): 3049–3069. doi:10.1175/2009JPO4172.1.
  3. ^ Ivanov, Vladimir V.; Alexeev, Vladimir A.; Repina, Irina; Koldunov, Nikolay V.; Smirnov, Alexander (1 January 2012). "Tracing Atlantic Water Signature in the Arctic Sea Ice Cover East of Svalbard". Advances in Meteorology. 2012: 1–11. doi:10.1155/2012/201818.