When estimating the number of false killer whales that interact with the longline fishery, scientists and resource managers do not try to guess the sex of any individual caught.
But a recently published study of dorsal fin disfigurements concludes that fisheries interactions with false killer whales around Hawai`i probably involve females more often than males – which in turn suggests gear interactions have a disproportionate impact on population dynamics, over and above that which would be expected if both sexes were represented equally.
The article, “False killer whales and fisheries interactions in Hawaiian waters: Evidence for sex bias and variation . . .
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