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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.


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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).

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