New Zealand southern whales

Date: 27/07/2009

New studies show that New Zealand’s waters once teemed with up to 32,000 southern right whales. The findings are part of a global survey expected to challenge common assumptions about the natural size of marine populations before human fisheries. Research showed the population plummeted from 32,000 in the early 1800s to 25 breeding females in 1925, before returning to about 1000 today. A good sign of their recovery was the recent sighting of a mother and calf in the Hauraki Gulf, a very rare event.

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