GOOD NEWS ! Recovery of fin whale stocks in Antarctica
Dr. Helena Herr demonstrates recovery of fin whale stocks in Antarctica for the first time !
Fin whales were nearly exterminated in the Antarctic by industrial whaling.
Now, a research team led by Dr. Helena Herr from Prof. Dr. Christian Möllmann's Marine Ecosystem Dynamics and Management Unit at the Institute of Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Sciences (IMF) at the University of Hamburg has been able to systematically show for the first time that the stocks are recovering. The results were published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Original publication including footage:
Herr, Helena; Viquerat, Sacha; Devas, Fredi; Lees, Abigail; Wells, Lucy; Gregory, Bertie; Giffords, Ted; Beecham, Dan; Meyer, Bettina (2022): Return of large fin whale feeding aggregations to historical whaling grounds in the Southern Ocean. Scientific Reports. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-13798-7
Interview mit Dr. Herr (in german)
High resolution images