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NZ has its own population of blue whales

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A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part of a local population that is genetically distinct from other blue whales in the Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

The whales show a high level of residency, researchers say, as hydrophones deployed in the region recorded blue whale calls on 99.7 percent of the days between January and December in 2016.

https://phys.org/news/2018-05-zealand-population-blue-whales.html

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Kismit

New Zealand was once a major player in Whaling.

Heck, there are so many artifacts and old whalers stations around here,  I even have an old whalers pot in my garden.

It makes me wonder how many separate species of whale could have been wiped out, that we will never know about, if they tend to be this territorial.

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