Patagonia, Monday, November 24, 2014

Detailed Information about Whales in Patagonia

Several Figures, the Same Whale
Texto: Pablo Etchevers
The real number of right whales today is a true dilemma. It is said that there are large populations distributed all throughout the planet. However, some experts, including biologists and ecologist and conservationist associations assure that the species is still endangered:

  - According to Wikipedia, the southern right whale population reaches 12,000 specimens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Right_Whale).
Southern Right Whale
- Sea World Foundation estimates that 40,000 specimens of southern right whale were killed between 1785 and 1939, and that today there are only 1,500 specimens (http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/baleen/estimatesbw.html)

  - According to Argentinian biologists, approximately 1,200 southern right whales visito the Patagonian shores.
Southern Right Whale
- Some whale-protecting associations assert that, according to data prior to 1700, the whale population surpassed the 100,000 specimens. By the early XX century, the population barely reached 1,000 specimens. A real ecological disaster.

Ballena Franca Austral

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Paleontology

Approximately 65 million years ago, a large percentage of vegetables and animals suddenly became extinct. It was in the late Cretaceous period and there are various theories about it. Some scientists attribute this event to a gradual process that finally led to selective extinction. Others assert that a catastrophe, such as an asteroid hitting the Earth, caused these species mass extinction.

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