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A note on a mother-fetus pair and alleged father match in the Atlantic fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) off Iceland

Authors: Pampoulie, C., Ólafsdóttir, G., Hauksdóttir, S., Skírnisdóttir, S., Ólafsson, K., Magnúsdóttir, S., Chosson, V., Halldórsson, SD, Ólafsdóttir, D., Gunnlaugsson, Th., Daníelsdóttir , AK, Víkingsson, GA

Version: Journal of Cetacean Research Management

Publication year: 2012


The North Atlantic fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) undertakes long-distance annual migration between high-latitude summer feeding locations and low-latitude winter mating locations, like most of the baleen whales. By statistically comparing genotype profiles of mother-fetus pairs (n = 23) to that of the potential alleged father (n = 139) captured at the same feeding location in Iceland, we found a matching pairing of a mother-fetus captured in 2009 and a father captured in 2010. To our knowledge, the present study is the first one to detect a mother-fetus pair matching with an alleged father, caught at exactly the same feeding area one year later.

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