2014-09-05. A Whale of a Recovery for California’s Blue Whales.

posted Sep 11, 2014, 6:49 AM by Alan Gould

For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 7. Excerpt: The blue whale, the biggest animal on the planet, was hunted with abandon in the Pacific Ocean until the early 1970s. The species has been rebounding ever since,  ...Scientists at the University of Washington (Cole C. Monnahan, Trevor A. Branch and André E. Punt) have just published research finding that the West Coast blue whale population of around 2,200 individuals appears to be approaching its pre-slaughter size, with the slowing growth a function of the carrying capacity of the marine ecosystem. Collisions with ships remain a problem, the scientists write, but should not affect the whales’ prospects....  http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/a-whale-of-a-recovery-for-californias-blue-whales/. By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times.