Around the World with DNA
 
Preserving Humpbacks Is No Fluke!

For centuries, humans have hunted humpback whales. There are only about 35,000 humpbacks left in the world. I’m Howard Rosenbaum, and I hope that my research will help preserve this endangered species.

In my research, I travel to Madagascar to observe humpbacks. I can tell the whales apart by their different flukes. Flukes are the broad, flat ends of a whale’s tail.

Through careful observation, I can recognize more than 500 different whales.

By comparing DNA analyses with my field observations, I can see how the whales are related and how they interact with each other. Then, I will be able to recommend how we might protect these amazing animals.

 

Howard Rosenbaum
Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale
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