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Very Low Numbers of Endangered Oceania Humpback Whales Seen in Fijian Waters

Miller, Cara E. and Batibasiga, Aisake and Sharma-Gounder, Saras and Solomona, Penina (2015) Very Low Numbers of Endangered Oceania Humpback Whales Seen in Fijian Waters. The South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 33 (1&2). pp. 39-45. ISSN 1838-837X

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    Intensive commercial whaling caused significant declines in Southern Hemisphere humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) populations. In Fiji, land-based humpback whale surveys undertaken from 1956 to 1958 documented maximum weekly counts of more than 150 humpback whales in parts of the Bligh waters. These records provide an invaluable point of comparison to present-day observations as they occurred immediately prior to very large humpback whale catches in Antarctic waters to the south - and on potential migration routes - of humpback whales breeding in Fijian waters. We report here on a three-year (2010-2012) land-based survey also conducted in the Bligh waters during which a total of 33 individuals over 480 h were counted from Ovalau Island and 68 individuals over approximately 300 h were observed from Makogai Island. These findings suggest a large decrease in numbers of humpback whales seen in Fiji waters since commercial whaling operations

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Published online 2016
    Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Cara Miller
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 11:56
    Last Modified: 23 May 2016 14:56

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