[MARMAM] Fwd: New paper regarding southern right whale Chile-Peru subpopulation breeding site at low latitudes of the SE Pacific

Ana M Garcia Cegarra albatracu at gmail.com
Sat Oct 2 01:22:48 PDT 2021

On-behalf of my co-authors I am pleased to share our new publication
in Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals regarding southern right whale
Chile-Peru subpopulation breeding site at low latitudes of the SE Pacific.

Garcia-Cegarra, A.M., Malebran, M., Van Waerebeek, K. 2021. Antofagasta
Region in northern Chile, a potential nursing ground for the Southern right
whale *Eubalaena australis*. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals
16(1), doi: 10.5597/lajam00270

The Chile-Peru subpopulation (CPe) of the Southern right
whale (*Eubalaena australis*) is classified as Critically Endangered
following intense whaling in past centuries. Due to their very low
abundance, information on breeding and feeding grounds is also
scarce. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly applied
in marine mammal research thanks to their low cost and relative
ease of use. This case study documents a Southern right whale
nursing in Bahía Moreno (23º S), Antofagasta, in northern Chile
through high-resolution images taken by UAV of an adult in July
2019 and the same, photo-identified, whale with a neonate in
August 2019. Combined with earlier data we hypothesize that
the Antofagasta Region may be a potential calving and nursing
ground for the CPe subpopulation. Given the intense shipping
traffic and fishing activities around the Mejillones Peninsula and
Antofagasta port, priorly recommended marine spatial planning
to help avoid net entanglements and vessel collisions of fin and
humpback whales may also contribute to the conservation of
the CPe stock.

Access to the article: https://doi.org/10.5597/lajam00270

You can download the article from the LAJAM website:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me:
cifamacchile at gmail.com

PhD. Ana M. Garcia Cegarra
Marine Fauna Research Center (CIFAMAC)
Mejillones, Chile

*Ana M. García-Cegarra, Ph.D.*
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