A note on a mother-foetus pair and alleged father match in the Atlantic fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) off Iceland

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Christophe Pampoulie
Gudbjorg Olafsdottir
Sigurbjorg Hauksdottir
Sigurlaug Skirnisdottir
Kristinn Olafsson
Steinunn Magnusdottir
Valerie Chosson
Sverrir Daniel Halldorsson
Droplaug Olafsdottir
Thorvaldur Gunnlaugsson
Anna K. Danielsdottir
Gisli A. Vikingsson


The North Atlantic fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) undertakes long-distance annual migration between high-latitude summer feeding locations and low-latitude winter mating locations, like most of the baleen whales. By statistically comparing genotype profiles of mother-foetus pairs (n = 23) to that of the potential alleged father (n = 139) captured at the same feeding location in Iceland, we found a matching pairing of a mother-foetus captured in 2009 and a father captured in 2010. To our knowledge, the present study is the first one to detect a mother-foetus pair matching with an alleged father, caught at exactly the same feeding area one year later.

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