The world's smallest whale population?

  title={The world's smallest whale population?},
  author={Paul R. Wade and Amy B Kennedy and R. Leduc and Jay Barlow and Jim Carretta and Kim E. W. Shelden and Wayne L. Perryman and Robert L. Pitman and Kelly L. Robertson and Brenda K. Rone and Juan Carlos Salinas and Alexandre N. Zerbini and Robert L. Brownell and Phillip J Clapham},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={7 1},
The North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) was heavily exploited by both nineteenth century whaling and recent (1960s) illegal Soviet catches. Today, the species remains extremely rare especially in the eastern North Pacific. Here, we use photographic and genotype data to calculate the first mark-recapture estimates of abundance for right whales in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. The estimates were very similar: photographic = 31 (95% CL 23-54), genotyping = 28 (95% CL 24-42). We… CONTINUE READING
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