"A Whale Makes A Comeback Off Argentina's Coast 100 Years After Vanishing"

"BUENOS AIRES - Giant blue-grey sei whales that vanished from Argentina's Patagonian coast a century ago due to hunting are starting to flourish once again, demonstrating how species can recover when measures to protect them are put in place.

In the 1920s and 1930s regular whaling ships along the shores of Argentina, and beyond, saw populations dwindle. In the last 50 years, global bans on commercial whaling have helped populations of sei and others revive.

"They disappeared because they were hunted, they did not become extinct but were so reduced that no one saw them," said Mariano Coscarella, biologist and researcher in marine ecosystems at the Argentine state science body CONICET.

Coscarella added that it had taken decades for numbers to recover enough that the whales had again been sighted, which only started to happen again in recent years."

Anna Portella reports for Reuters May 10, 2024.

Source: Reuters, 05/13/2024