Whale of a tail: Scientists track unique humpback 'fingerprint'

March 15, 2024

On the tail, "the coloration and patterns that each whale has is unique, it is like a fingerprint, so what we do is look at the different marks they have, the different scars" to identify an individual, said Bonilla. Different populations of humpback whales live across the world's oceans, carrying out mammoth migrations from warmer breeding spots to feeding grounds in polar waters. The inventory allows scientists to track the movement of specific whales, which is crucial for conservation initiatives. "If a whale always comes to the same area to reproduce, it is important to protect those areas. If they cease to exist or are disturbed, that whale will have nowhere to go," warned Bonilla.

The source of this news is from Tuoi Tre News

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