ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – Acadia National Park turns 100-years-old on Friday, and in honor of the centennial, CBS 13 is looking at the park’s past and future.
However, climate change could threaten the whale population and the future of the whale watching industry in Bar Harbor and Acadia.
A bright blue sky and a brilliant blue ocean set the stage for Zack Klyver’s catamaran to head out to sea. Klyver, an alumni of College of the Atlantic, is the lead naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company.
“We see four species of larger whale. We see humpback whales, finback whales, right whales, which are endangered, minke whales, we often see big groups of white sided dolphins, we see a lot of harbor porpoise, we see seals. It’s kind of like the African Serengeti out there on a great day. You’ll be on land here and there’s not a lot of wildlife and you go out there and it’s just unbelievable how plentiful everything is,” Klyver said.
With recent changes in our climate, scientists worry these sightings near Acadia could become less common.
COA graduate student Evan Henerberry, MPhil ’17, and Dr. Sean Todd, COA’s Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Sciences and the director of Allied Whale at COA, are two whale specialists, studying how climate change affects whales’ food source…