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Reconciling a long-term photo-id database for blue whales in Chilean Patagonia
Juan Pablo Torres-Florez, Jorge Ruiz and Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete
Since the initial discovery of a blue whale feeding and nursing ground in northern Patagonia, Chile (Hucke-Gaete et al. 2003), we devoted early efforts into photo-id, acoustics, and genetics, among others, and later on habitat modelling, abundance estimation, movement ecology (identification of migratory routes and feeding hotpots), as well as addressing relevant conservation issues. During the 17+ years that the monitoring project â€œLarge whale ecology and conservation in Chileâ€ has been running, our team has been able to produce considerable amount of knowledge regarding the Chilean blue whale population.