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Humpback whales within the Brazilian breeding ground: distribution and population size estimate
Endangered Species Research
The potential impact of increasing vessel traffic and coastal development has led to concerns regarding the future of the Brazilian humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae population. Our objective was to monitor humpback whale abundance in the Brazilian coastal breeding grounds in order to provide information to support future conservation strategies for this species. To this end, a 4 yr series (2002 to 2005) of aerial surveys was implemented. Abundance was estimated using standard line-transectdoi:10.3354/esr00282 fatcat:ztvvl73bzbbnplhhok2fgka3bu