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Australian Blue Whales Now Call Antarctica Home

A pygmy blue whale feeds on krill in waters off Australia. Credit: research team

A pygmy blue whale feeds on krill in waters off Australia. Credit: research team

By Catherine Attard and Luciana Möller

The first evidence of interbreeding between subspecies of blue whales suggest that their ecology is changing, possibly due to historic whaling or climate change.

Catherine Attard is a PhD student studying the conservation genetics of blue whales at Macquarie University. Her supervisor, Dr Luciana M. Möller, is a research leader at the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Laboratory, and deputy head of the Molecular Ecology Laboratory, at Flinders University. The research described here has been published in Molecular Ecology.

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