Sep 7, 2012

Number of Humpback Whales in Brazil Tripled in 10 Years


Rio de Janeiro – The number of humpback whales off the coast of Brazil has tripled in the past decade.

There were nearly 10,000 animals were counted in the region, said the Brazilian Humpback Whale Institute. In 2002, only about 3,000 copies had been sighted in the mating area of the species.

Protection programs have helped stabilize the humpback whales population that was threatened  again, said institute director, Milton Marcondes. With the fat of whales, street lamps were operated. In 1966, the hunting of humpback whales was banned. Back then, there were only an estimated 1,000 animals.



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