| Humpback whale lunge-feeding in Alaskan waters. |
Our early studies in the summer feeding grounds of humpback whales in southeast Alaskan waters revealed that individual animals were present for as long as 3-5 months (Baker, Herman, Straley et al. 1985). Based on data collected between 1979 and 1983, the population of whales in southeast Alaska was estimated as between 270-372 whales.
Baker, C. S., Herman, L. M., Perry, A., Lawton, W. S., Straley, J. M., & Straley, J. H. (1985). Population characteristics and migration of summer and late season humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Southeastern Alaska. Marine Mammal Science 1, 304-323.
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