Researchers Make Whale Discovery
October 14, 2010
According to a news release from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, researchers at the Maine college say they’ve discovered that humpback whales may travel greater distances in the world’s oceans than previously believed.
Researchers with the college’s Allied Whale program say they’ve matched a photograph of a humpback with distinctive tail markings taken off Brazil with a photograph of the same whale taken off the coast of east Africa, more than 6,000 miles away.
The photos document the longest recorded journey of a mammal other than a human. Researchers say it also shows whales can move between distinct breeding populations.