Desktop review of southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) offshore sightings south of 40?S (1980-2020)
Els Vermeulen, Cuyler van Jaarsveld and Emma Carroll
This present desktop study was conducted by Cuyler van Jaarsveld in the scope of his BSc Hons project at the University of Pretoria, under supervision of Drs Vermeulen and Carroll. The aim was to collate all published and unpublished data, grey literature, and other readily available information on the global occurrence of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis; hereafter SRWs), offshore (> 5 nautical miles) and south of 40?S into a comprehensive review over the period 1980-2020. The goal is to use these data to advance in our understanding on the location of offshore SRW foraging grounds, likely leading to the ability to select environmental variables which may be relevant for the future investigation of links to reproductive success, pertinent to objective 2 and 4 of the IWC-SORP Theme 6.