Humpback numbers slowly rebounding | Pacific Beat

Humpback numbers slowly rebounding

Humpback numbers slowly rebounding

Updated 16 June 2014, 11:06 AEST

It's going to take another 30 years for humpback whales numbers in the South Pacific to return to the pre-slaughter days before the Second World War.

Humpback in Oceania once numbered more than 14,000, but by 1966, they were reduced to less than one per cent of this number.

Mike Donoghue, the Threatened and Migratory Species Adviser at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, says they now number about 5,000, or about 37 per cent of their pre-exploitation numbers.

Presenter: Brian Abbott

Speaker: Mike Donoghue, Threatened and Migratory Species Adviser, SPREP, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

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