Thursday, March 8, 2012

Antarctic Blue Whales found to be surprisingly diverse

A genetic survey has found that the Antarctic blue whale population is surprisingly diverse.  An estimated 99% of the Antarctic blue whales were killed before the 1966 ban on whaling.  The population was down to less than 400, but is now recovering and possesses a surprising genetic diversity.  The diversity is key to the continued success of the population recovery.

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