Seasonal distribution , movements and taxonomic status of blue whales ( Balaenoptera musculus ) in the northern Indian Ocean

  title={Seasonal distribution , movements and taxonomic status of blue whales ( Balaenoptera musculus ) in the northern Indian Ocean},
  author={R. Charles Anderson and Trevor A Branch and Anoma I Alagiyawadu and Robert E. Baldwin and Francis Marsac},
There is a distinct population of blue whales, Balaenoptera musculus, in the northern Indian Ocean. The taxonomic status of these animals has long been uncertain, with debate over whether this population represents a distinct subspecies, and if so which name should apply. They have most frequently been assigned to B. musculus brevicauda, but are currently considered to be B. m. indica. The movements of these blue whales within the northern Indian Ocean are poorly understood. This paper reviews… CONTINUE READING
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