Southwest Atlantic humpback whale population almost fully recovered A key population of humpback whales is in recovery after it was pushed to the brink of extinction by centuries of human exploitation, according to a new study. Western South Atlantic humpbacks were reduced to a few hundred individuals in the 1950s, after once totalling some 27,000. However, efforts to preserve the animal have paid off, with current numbers estimated to stand at around 25,000 — about 93% of their pre-exploitation levels — the study published by the Royal Society reveals. The findings show it is possible to bring severely depleted populations back from the brink Western Southwest Atlantic Humpback whale population “ flourishing” Humpbacks were protected from the 1960s, and even though there was some illegal Soviet whaling at that time, the whales’ recovery would likely have been well under way by the beginning of the 1970s. It’s estimated there are now more than 90% of the pre-exploitation numbers One of the whale populations taken to the edge of extinction by commercial hunting in the early 20th Century has essentially recovered its numbers. — reports the BBC It’s estimated the humpbacks that frequent the southwest Atlantic once totalled some 27,000 […]

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