Endangered blue whales, the largest animal in history, have returned to waters of South Georgia, close to Antarctica after 100 years of near extinction.
Scientists have recorded dozens of whales in the area after only a single whale had been viewed between 1998 and 2018.
“We’ve had indications in previous years that there might be more blue whales starting to come back to South Georgia,” marine mammal ecologist Susannah Calderan told Live Science.
“But we were very favorably surprised by quite how many we did see this year.”
Scientists found 38 sightings of whales on the surface over a few weeks and counted 56 individual whales during research in January and February this year. Scientists could also detect whale sounds on sonobuoys they had placed in the water.
This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 4 December 2020. Lead Image Source: Igor Kruglikov/ Shutterstock.com.
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