South Atlantic humpback whales have made a tremendous population recovery!
In the 1950’s, South Atlantic humpbacks (the humpback whale is one species – the South Atlantic humpbacks are one of the many populations of humpbacks distributed around the world’s oceans) had only ~450 individuals left in the wild due to overhunting. A 2006 survey showed that the population had only recovered about 30% since the 50’s. But now, scientists have surveyed this population and determined that their numbers reach around 25,000 individuals! This is 93% of what their pre-whaling numbers were estimated at!