External features in southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) and their use in identifying individuals
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Published by The Commission, National Technical Information Service. [distributor] in Washington, D.C, Springfield, Va .
Written in English


  • Southern right whale -- Identification.

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StatementRoger Payne ... [et al.] ; prepared for U.S. Marine Mammal Commission.
SeriesReport -- no. MMC-76/21., Report (United States. Marine Mammal Commission) -- MMC-76/21.
ContributionsPayne, Roger, 1935-
The Physical Object
Paginationvii, 77 p.
Number of Pages77
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14248551M

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Right whales are the rarest of all large whales. There are several species, but all are identified by enormous heads, which can measure up to one-third of their total body length. Herman and Tavolga () discuss mysticete sounds from the perspective of communication. Ridgway and Harrison () provide some further descriptions of sound production for some of the mysticetes, while Payne () presents a number of chapters on specific aspects of acoustic behavior in southern right whales and humpback tonyasgaapartments.com by: Right whale populations in Argentina, South Africa, and Australia are presently the largest and the best studied. The total abundance of southern right whales was estimated as of at over animals, with the three well-studied stocks increasing at 7%–8% tonyasgaapartments.com by: Using a biopsy dart system, samples of skin tissue were collected from southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in on two wintering grounds, southwest Australia (n = 20) and the Auckland.

Jul 27,  · Abstract. The abundance of New Zealand subantarctic southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) was estimated for the first time using mark-recapture methods based on photo-identification and microsatellite genotyping (13 loci).Individual identification photographs of whales and microsatellite genotypes of whales were collected during annual austral winter field surveys from to Cited by: The southwestern Atlantic southern right whale, Eubalaena australis, population is growing but at a decelerated rate: Southern Right Whale Article in Marine Mammal Science · August with North Atlantic right whales are one of the most endangered large whale species in the world. Hundreds of years of commercial whaling decimated the species by the early s. The species got its name as the “right” whale to hunt: these animals swim slowly close to . Maximize your chances of seeing whales with this boat tour from Hermanus. Learn about the magnificent mammals from a whale specialist as you head out onto the water. Depending on the time of year keep an eye out for humpback, Bryde's, and southern right whales, as well as dolphins and seals/5().