19 Nov '11, 5pm

Some rare good ocean news! More Humpback Whales in the North Pacific Than Previously Thought

Scientists have recently come to the conclusion based on one of the largest ever studies on humpback whale populations that the population in the North Pacific is actually higher than previously thought. Scientists believe that numbers are actually upwards of 21,000 rather than 20,000. While many other whale populations are sagging at alarming rates, this shows that populations can rebound after coming dangerously close to extinction, according to an article in Live Science .Humpback whale populations have rebounded from around 1,400 when whaling was banned in the North Pacific in 1966, to upwards of 21,000 over 40 years later. Live Science reports: The number of North Pacific humpback whales in the 2008 study known as the Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks, or SPLASH, was estimated at just under 20,000 based on the initial look at the da...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/more-humpback-...

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