Photographic identification of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, Canada

Abstract: Although fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) are commonly encountered throughout most of the North Atlantic, little is known about their movement patterns and stock structure. In the summer, Northwest Atlantic fin whales are commonly sighted in the Gulf of Maine, the Bay of Fundy (Agler et al. 1990), the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Estuary (Sears and Williamson 1982, Kingsley...

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Polymorphic microsatellite loci isolated from humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae and fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus

Abstract: In conservation genetics, it is becoming increasingly clear that parameters derived over evolutionary time scales may not apply to much shorter ecological timescales (Palsbøll 1999). Molecular genetic methods can be employed to estimate parameters on an ecological timescale if the focus is aimed only at recently diverged lineages, i.e., among individuals as opposed to among populations. These extensions of...

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