Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Reply to ‘Whaling catch data are not reliable for analyses of body size shifts’

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Prices vary by article type



Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Fig. 1: Global aggregated data from the IWC on the body size of sperm whales caught from 1900 to 1985 with data from the USSR and Japanese whaling fleets included and omitted.
Fig. 2: Trends in body size of harvested sperm whales across different whaling areas.


  1. Rochet, M. J. et al. J. Appl. Ecol. 47, 741–750 (2010).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Clapham, P. & Ivashchenko, Y. Nat. Ecol. Evol. (2018).

  3. Clements, C. F., Blanchard, J. L., Nash, K., Hindell, M. & Ozgul, A. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 1, 0188 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Cheung, W. W. L. et al. Nat. Clim. Change 3, 254–258 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


The authors would like to thank P. Clapham and T. Branch for bringing these issues to light and discussing them at length with the authors.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Christopher F. Clements.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Clements, C.F., Blanchard, J.L., Nash, K.L. et al. Reply to ‘Whaling catch data are not reliable for analyses of body size shifts’. Nat Ecol Evol 2, 757–758 (2018).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing