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Confirmation of right whales near a nineteenth-century whaling ground east of southern Greenland.

TitleConfirmation of right whales near a nineteenth-century whaling ground east of southern Greenland.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMellinger, DK, Nieukirk, SL, Klinck, K, Klinck, H, Dziak, RP, Clapham, PJ, Brandsdóttir, B
JournalBiol Lett
Volume7
Issue3
Pagination411-3
Date Published2011 Jun 23
ISSN1744-957X
KeywordsAcoustics, Animals, Atlantic Ocean, Endangered Species, Female, Greenland, Male, Vocalization, Animal, Whales
Abstract

North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) were found in an important nineteenth century whaling area east of southern Greenland, from which they were once thought to have been extirpated. In 2007-2008, a 1-year passive acoustic survey was conducted at five sites in and near the 'Cape Farewell Ground', the former whaling ground. Over 2000 right whale calls were recorded at these sites, primarily during July-November. Most calls were northwest of the historic ground, suggesting a broader range in this region than previously known. Geographical and temporal separation of calls confirms use of this area by multiple animals.

DOI10.1098/rsbl.2010.1191
Alternate JournalBiol. Lett.
PubMed ID21270027
PubMed Central IDPMC3097885