Due to the ’70s industrial whaling, the fin whale had become nearly extinct in the Antarctic.
Now, for the first time, a research team has been able to show systematically that the fin whale population is recovering. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.
150 Southern Common Whales were filmed swimming in the waters of Antarctica, and feeding in groups was the exciting sight, hailed by scientists of the team of biologists of Helena Herr, of the University of Hamburg, and of Bettina Meyer, of the Alfred Wegener Institute in the city of Bremerhaven, carried out in 2018 and 2019 near the Antarctic Peninsula, have documented over one hundred sightings of these cetaceans , which measure over twenty meters in length.
A sign of hope, for the second largest animal in the world and rarely, have these ocean giants been seen in such large groups.
The fin whale population in Antarctica is recovering for the first time since hunting these whales was banned, according to a survey by German scientists published today.
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