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EFFECTS OF WHALING ON THE GREAT WHALES (chart)

The figures below represent estimates based on the sources cited.

Species

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

Totals

 

 

Original

Present

Original

Present

Original

Present

% Change

Blue
Balaenoptera musculus

20,100

4,300

200,000

10,000

220,100

14,300

- 94%

Bowhead
Balaena mysticetus

43,000

7,850

Not Present

43,000

7,850

-82%

Fin
Balaenoptera physalus

95,000

63,000

600,000

15,000

695,000

78,000

-89%

Gray
Eschrictius robustus

45,000*

22,000

Not Present

45,000

22,000

-51%

Humpback
Megaptera novaeangliae

50,000

8,000

100,000

20,000

150,000

28,000

-81%

Right
Eubalaena glacialis
Eubalaena autralis

100,000

600

200,000

3,000

300,000

3,600

-99%

Sei
Balaenoptera borealis

400,000

21,100

190,000

8,300

590,000

29,400

-95%

Sperm
Physeter catodon

1,500,000

103,000

1,500,000

128,000

3,000,000

231,000

-92%

Totals

2,253,100

229,850

2,790,000

184,300

5,043,100

414,150

-61%


Hemisphere Totals

  Original Present Change
Northern

2,253,100

229,850

-90%

Southern

2,790,000

184,300

-93%

Totals

5,043,100

414,150

-92%



*Includes estimations of extinct populations of Atlantic and western Pacific Sources: Walker's Mammals of the World, by Ronald M. Nowak, Sixth Edition, Vol. II, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999, which assesses various sources & research by the Animal Welfare Institute.


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