Blue whale population rebounds after whaling ban

North Pacific Blue Whale. Photo courtesy of Gilpatrick/Lynn/NOAA

  • The population of blue whales in the Eastern Pacific has recovered to 97 percent of historic levels after whaling was banned more than 40 years ago.
  • Researchers from the University of Washington used whale songs to estimate the current population in the Eastern Pacific — one of two Pacific populations — at 2,200 individuals.
  • The authors warn that an increase in ship traffic could present a risk to California blue whales.

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Author: Rhett Butler

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