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New, higher estimates of endangered humpback whales in the North Pacific
Date:10/18/2011

n in northern feeding grounds (around the Pacific Rim from California to Kamchatka) compared with matches of the same animals in the warm tropical waters of southern breeding areas as far as 3000 miles away.

"This latest revision to the study provides an accurate estimate for humpback whales in an entire ocean that could not have been possible without researchers working together to pool data," said John Calambokidis, senior research biologist and co-founder of Cascadia Research. "While populations of some other whale species remain very low this shows that humpback whales are among those that have recovered strongly from whaling."


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Contact: Jim Milbury
jim.milbury@noaa.gov
310-245-7114
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
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