Scientists Studying Blue Whales use DNA and Photo-ID to Reveal an Epic Journey by “Isabela” and the First Link to Breeding Ground for Chilean Blue Whales


Isabela, the blue whale, links Chile’s Gulf of Corcovado to the Galapagos.
Little is known of long-distance movements of world’s biggest animal.

Blue Whale FlukesA blue whale lifts its tail before a deep dive. Photo: Paula Olson, NOAA.

Scientists studying blue whales in the waters of Chile through DNA profiling and photo-identification may have solved the mystery of where these huge animals go to breed, as revealed by a single female blue whale named “Isabela,” according to a recent study by the Chile’s Blue Whale Center/Universidad Austral de Chile, NOAA and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Read more... The previous link is a link to non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer  

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Contact: Paula Olson (paula.olson@noaa.gov)