10,000 to >1,000,000 individuals
Comments: World population in the mid-1980s was estimated at 982,200 (410,700 in the southern ocean, 100,000 in Atlantic, 275,000 in eastern Pacific, 198,000 in western Pacific. Other estimates range from 700,000 to 2 million (Matthews and Moseley 1990). More recently, Whitehead (2003) estimated global population of very approximately 360,000 whales based on extrapolation from visual surveys. None of these estimates should be regarded as particularly precise (see IUCN 1991).