Subject: Re: BLUE WHALE

Al Romero (aromero@ACC.FAU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 07:44:21 -0500 (EST)

At 06:56 PM 4/15/97 -0400, you wrote:
>WHAT IS THE MIGRATION PATTERN AND TIMING FOR THE BLUE WHALE.
>

Dear friend:

There are three subspecies of blue whales. One in the Southern Hemisphere,
another in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, and the third in
subantarctic waters of the Indian Ocean and southeast Atlantic. Each one of
them has its own migratory patterns and for the second one, there are two
since they can be found in two different oceans.

Most North Pacific blue whales migrate poleward to feeding grounds in the
spring and summer after wintering in tropical and subtropical waters. This
begins in April and May.  The North Atlantic blue whales migrate to Artic
waters to feed during spring and summer.  For the ones found in the Southern
Hemisphere (including the ones of the northern Indian Ocean), they move
north to tropical and subtropical breeding grounds during the austral winter.

Best wishes,

Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.		
Florida Atlantic University	(954)236-1125	
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