Supplementary material from "Natal origin of Namibian grey whale implies new distance record for in-water migration"

Posted on 26.05.2021 - 03:23
We use genomics to identify the natal origin of a grey whale found in the South Atlantic, at least approximately 20 000 km from the species core range (halfway around the world). The data indicate an origin in the North Pacific, possibly from the endangered western North Pacific population, thought to include only approximately 200 individuals. This contributes to our understanding of Atlantic sightings of this species known primarily from the North Pacific, and could have conservation implications if grey whales have the potential for essentially global dispersion. More broadly, documenting and understanding rare extreme migration events has potential implications for the understanding of how a species may be able to respond to global change.

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Rus Hoezel, A.; Sarigol, Fatih; Gridley, Tess; Elwen, Simon H. (2021): Supplementary material from "Natal origin of Namibian grey whale implies new distance record for in-water migration". The Royal Society. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5438113.v1
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AUTHORS (4)

A. Rus Hoezel
Fatih Sarigol
Tess Gridley
Simon H. Elwen
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