Endangered but not harmed. Even intensive whaling did not rob the fin whale of its genomic diversity

Fin whales are the second largest living creatures on our planet, surpassed only by blue whales. Industrial whaling has significantly reduced their numbers; the species is considered endangered according to the Red List. A new study by scientists from the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG), the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) and Icelandic and Swedish research institutions shows the consequences of their decimation for the genomic diversity of fin whales. Their results show no long-term genetic weakening of this species.


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