Southern right whale with calf. Photo Credit: Divulgação/ICMbio

Animals Brazil29. September 2023

More Endangered Whales Are Swimming in These Warm Waters

Brazil’s southern right whale has been under surveillance for the last 15 years, and while experts continue to warn that the endangered species is still in need of protection, reports have seen a growth in numbers in recent years.

Australis Institute has conducted an aerial survey of Brazil’s coast for the last 15 years, and 2020 data show that the whale saw a yearly growth rate of 4.8%.

The southern right whale mainly visits the warm and calm waters off the coast of Santa Catarina state – home of the Southern Right Whale Environmental Protection Area – as it’s an ideal spot for them to birth their calves. While the species is still at risk of extinction, there has been a promising number of whale sightings between 2017 and 2022, with a record number of 273 in 2018. To help save the animal, Brazilian authorities have imposed a hunting ban on whales – and dolphins and porpoises – since 1987.

Agência Brazil

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