NEAqNew England Aquarium (Boston, MA, USA)
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Only recently, Rosalind Rolland at NEAq and colleagues have developed pioneering techniques to analyze whale fecal samples to obtain previously unobtainable biomedical data on whales.
In related research, WHOI biologists Hal Caswell and Michael Moore, NEAq scientist Scott Kraus, and 11 other researchers reported in the July 22 issue of the journal Science that ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements are killing North Atlantic right whales at a rate exceeding a level that allows the population to grow.
This may have been due in part to the fact that there were a majority of children at the SSC and mostly adults at the NEAq. The children's age group was made up of children from age 5 thru 8th grade and the adult age group was made up of 9th graders and older.
At the NEAq, a more portable exhibit was set up near the entrance of the aquarium.
In the first study, scientists from the New England Aquarium (NEAq) in Boston and Trent University in Ontario extracted DNA from skin samples collected from 56 percent of North Atlantic right whales identified since 1935, including 66 percent of the current population.
The study suggests that the low level of genetic variation in the small North Atlantic right whale population may partly explain its low reproduction rate, said Moira Brown and Rosalind Rolland at NEAq.