Talk:Southern right whale
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The fact that the three right whale species are so similar implies that most of the info in them should be the same. Should we factor the common info into the genus article? for instance, that article already has the bowhead as a right whale.
NZ population estimate is grossly wrong
This figure is about three orders of magnitude too high and appears to be a misquotation from the Otago Daily Times article, which referred to historic numbers in the Southern Ocean.
Conservation status symbol things.
Wait a second, the stuff mentioned under Conservation and the Conservation status symbols do not match. Either one is out-dated or someone's been messing with it, the symbol says it is in the "Least Concern" category while the article says it should be endangered. Can someone take a look at this? - 18.104.22.168 (talk) 07:07, 17 November 2013 (UTC)
Archaeological evidence from Spain
An interesting article just published: Álvarez-Fernández, Esteban (2014). "Occurrence of whale barnacles in Nerja Cave (Málaga, southern Spain): Indirect evidence of whale consumption by humans in the Upper Magdalenian". Quaternary International 337: 163–169. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2013.01.014. .
In short, barnacles from a species which is currently only found on the southern right whale have been identified in a Spanish cave, dating to ~14,000 years ago; this was near the end of the last glacial period, and the authors suggest that this may be the result of changes to ocean circulation cooling the waters around the Equator and allowing the southern populations to drift north. (They also note the alternative that an individual simply got lost!) Perhaps worth mentioning in passing in the distribution section - are there any other known cases of a southern right outside of the normal range? Andrew Gray (talk) 15:55, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
"Real whale rider"
I commented out the following section because the only source was an undocumented Facebook photo: Legends of the Whale Rider are renowned in New Zealand, and real riders can be seen occasionally . Galant Khan (talk) 16:06, 19 August 2014 (UTC)