Balaenoptera musculus ssp. musculus (North Atlantic stock)

Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Balaenopteridae

Scientific Name: Balaenoptera musculus ssp. musculus (North Atlantic stock)
Parent Species:
Common Name(s):
English Blue Whale, North Atlantic Blue Whale

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D1 ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Cetacean Specialist Group
Extract from Reeves et al. (2003, p. 36): "The North Atlantic stock was listed as Vulnerable because available survey and photo-identification data suggested a total population of no more than about 1500, of which less than 1000 would have been mature."

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The summer range extends from Davis Strait, Denmark Strait, the waters north of Svalbard as far north as 80°N, and the Barents Sea south to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador, and the Bay of Biscay. The winter range remains almost unknown (Rice 1998). Some occur at that season around the islands of Cape Verde and along the African mainland from Ras Nouadhibou, Mauritania, south to Cap Vert, Senegal (Rice 1998).
Countries occurrence:
Canada (Labrador); Cape Verde; Denmark; France; Greenland; Mauritania; Norway; Senegal; Spain; Svalbard and Jan Mayen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – northeast; Atlantic – northwest; Atlantic – western central
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Citation: Cetacean Specialist Group. 1996. Balaenoptera musculus ssp. musculus (North Atlantic stock). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T2483A9449845. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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