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The Southern Stocks of Whalebone Whales


THE main object of the research conducted by the "Discovery" Committee is the investigation of the biology of the economically valuable whales frequenting Antarctic waters. A number of "Discovery" reports dealing with various aspects of the subject have already been published, and Dr. Mackintosh's present paper incorporates much of this material in a comprehensive survey of pre-war conditions. At the present time, whaling is at a standstill, and the stock of whales is enjoying a respite from pursuit likely to extend to the end of the War. The effect of this war-time period of protection can only be measured comparatively in terms of conditions prevailing when whaling ceased. From this aspect, Dr. Mackintosh's review is of particular value. It should be emphasized that his memoir is by no means merely a compilation of already published data. It contains a great body of additional information which the author has analysed, and also uses statistics of the whaling industry to provide a statement on the condition of the southern whale stocks which will be invaluable in the investigations necessary when whaling becomes active again.

The Southern Stocks of Whalebone Whales

By Dr. N. A. Mackintosh. (Discovery Reports. Issued by the Discovery Committee, Colonial Office, London, on behalf of the Government of the Dependencies of the Falkland Islands.) Pp. 197–300. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1942.) 15s. net.

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FRASER, F. The Southern Stocks of Whalebone Whales. Nature 153, 569–570 (1944).

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