Does weather play a role in whale patterns?



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    Yes. That is a complex subject, but an obvious example is
    winter storms. Storms contribute to the creation of seasonal ice near
    the poles. Storms also push the ice around obscuring feeding habitats
    and forcing whales to migrate south. Another obvious weather event is
    El NiƱo. This warm water event causes dramatic weather changes where
    ever it occurs. The changes are typically a reduction in productivity
    of the environment. This ‘failure’ causes whales to relocate for the
    time being in search of food. It can also cause premature mortality
    in adults and reduced natality (survivability of newborns).

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