Subject: Blue whales Status

Martine Berube (martine@newt.bio.uci.edu)
Fri, 24 Oct 1997 18:08:08 -0700

Question: I want to know how many blue whales are left and what type of
things are
being done to prevent extinction.

Dear Brian Magee,
Before mans intervention there were approximately 228,000 blue whales in
all oceans of the world. Today, it is suggested that perhaps no more than
11,700 animals are left. As you can see the species was ruthlessly
slaughtered and almost to the point of extinction. Now on the endangered
list, the Blue Whale is protected (since 1967) worldwide by international
law.
They are observed mainly parts of California, Gulf of California (Sea of
Cortez), Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada and the northern Indian Ocean where
reseachers of different fields are trying to understand better the
population structure, social organization, migration, etc....
Sincerely,
Martine



Martine Berube
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California
Irvine, CA, 92697-2525
PHONE:714-824-8680
FAX:714-824-2181
E-mail: martine@newt.bio.uci.edu