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Decline of the southern right whale – In the News

John Kerr posted in on March 17th, 2016.

New research tracking the rapid decline and slow recovery of New Zealand’s southern right whale population has been widely covered in the media. The study, published this week in the journal Open Science, combined records from historic whaling logbooks and new genetic data to estimate changes in the the whale population over the last two […]

NZ’s whales almost killed off – Expert Reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 17th, 2016.

Relentless whaling decimated New Zealand’s southern right whale population to just a fraction of pre-whaling numbers by the start of last century, finds a new study. An international team of researchers combined historical records from whaling logbooks with modern genetic data to determine that around 30,000 southern right whales swam in New Zealand’s waters before […]

Malborough Express: Call to help with whale research

Peter Griffin posted in on June 3rd, 2010.

Department of Conservation researchers are encouraging the public to report all Southern right whale sightings in efforts to support a research programme looking into photo identification and habitat use of the animals. An excerpt: (read in full here) “A sighting near the beach at Te Angiangi, in the Hawke’s Bay region has signalled the start […]

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